Distracted Driving Accidents
Distracted driving has always been an issue, but it’s even more so now that almost every driver has a cellphone with Internet access easily available. And districted drivers cause accidents every day in New Hampshire.
What can you do to make sure you aren’t involved in a traffic accident? Stay off your phone and avoid other distractions while driving.
But if you or a loved one has been injured or even killed in a crash involving a distracted driving, you need to call attorney Michael Anzalone in Nashua, New Hampshire. He’ll fight for your rights and help you get the compensation you may be owed.What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving occurs when someone is not paying as careful attention to the road because of some kind of distraction. There are many distractions that can contribute to crashes, but here are a few of the more common ones.
- Texting while driving, or using a cellphone while driving.
- Changing a radio station.
- Watching a video.
- Paying attention to a GPS unit.
- Eating or drinking
- Talking to passengers in the vehicle.
There are plenty of others. Just take a ride down the highway and watch what people are doing. Some read newspapers, others apply makeup. Still others actually shave while driving. Distractions can also be as simple as just being way too tired when you get behind the wheel.
If you are involved in a traffic crash that is caused by a driver who is obviously being distracted, then you need to make sure your rights are protected. There are insurance issues and you could stand in line to be awarded money for compensation for lost work and for medical help that resulted from your injuries. This is why you need to have a lawyer, such as Michael Anzalone, standing up for you.
So, the best advice is to stay focused when driving.What is the State Law?
In New Hampshire RSA 265:105-b says that it’s illegal to use a cellphone without a hands free device or to text while driving. The fine is $100.
In this state, an officer can stop a driver for texting or using a cellphone or any other data entry device while driving. He or she can simply spot you and stop you, even if there is no other apparent violation. The state legislature adopted the hands-free law in 2015. It bars drivers from using a hand-held device. It is not against the law to use a blue-tooth connection, however.
You should immediately contact a defense attorney as soon as you have been injured by someone who has been accused of distracted driving. If you were injured by someone else’s “negligence,” you may seek to recover damages from that person. This can be both economic and non-economic compensation for the injuries you sustained in the crash. Your attorney could also ask for medical expenses and wages from missed work caused by your injuries.
Please contact The Anzalone Law Firm at 603.548.3797 immediately for a free consultation. We are here for you 24/7.