Attorneys Help Victims of Dothan Distracted Driving Accidents
Determined counsel help you recover the compensation you deserve
The classic advice to drivers is: keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. Unfortunately, modern technology provides a number of distractions, such as cellphones, GPS devices, dashboard apps and entertainment consoles, that compete for drivers’ attention. In addition, drivers often busy themselves with tasks they should have taken care of before they started their engine. All of these distractions increase the likelihood that a driver will cause a collision, often with tragic results. If you or a loved one has been injured in such an incident, a distracted driving car accident attorney at Carey & Hamner, P.C. For nearly two decades, we’ve provided aggressive representation for crash victims in Dothan and the surrounding area. We will provide personalized care that inspires your confidence as we build the strongest case possible for full compensation for your injuries.
Common distractions for Alabama drivers
Studies have shown that distracted driving is potentially as deadly as drinking while driving. Common types of distracted behavior include:
- Using cellphones for calls or texts
- Reading maps or GPS devices
- Eating and drinking
- Personal grooming
- Changing clothes
- Reaching for objects
- Carrying on conversations
- Adjusting the stereo or other controls
Behavior that takes a driver’s attention from the road can have dangerous results, such as allowing the car to drift into another lane or preventing the driver from recognizing and responding to a hazard. The worst-case scenario is a serious or even fatal crash.
Alabama’s cellphone driving law
Most drivers in Alabama can legally talk in a cellphone while driving, even using a hand-held device. But drivers under the age of 18 who have a restricted license may not use a hand-held device. Teen drivers who violate this law can be fined from $150 to $350 and given two penalty points on their record, which results in their license being restricted for a longer period of time.
As for text messaging, the law prohibits all motorists from using a device to write, send, or read a text-based communication, including email. However, the texting ban does not apply to:
- Communicating with emergency services
- Using a device while parked on the shoulder of a roadway
- Using a wireless GPS system to receive driving directions
A texting citation comes with a $25 fine for a first violation, a $50 fine for a second violation and a $75 fine for a third or subsequent violation. The driver also receives two penalty points.
How our Dothan accident lawyers can help
If a distracted driver injured you, or caused the wrongful death of a loved one, a Dothan car accident lawyer at our firm can provide the professional representation you need to recover fair and adequate compensation. We have ample experience in cases of severe injury and wrongful death. We thoroughly investigate the crash, consult experts where appropriate and interview witnesses so we can make a solid case for recovery of damages.
An injured party is entitled to recover for economic and noneconomic losses. These damages include:
- Medical expenses for current and future treatment
- Lost income due to inability to work
- Compensation for physical pain, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of quality of life
As your advocates, we are determined to recover the maximum amount possible under the facts of your case. You can trust our legal team to work tirelessly to deliver the best possible outcome.
Contact a dedicated personal injury attorney in Dothan for your distracted driving accident
The legal team at Carey & Hamner, P.C. in Dothan represents people injured by distracted drivers throughout Alabama. Our office is conveniently located at 102 South Orange Avenue in Dothan, just off of West Main Street. Call 855-435-4797 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.