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Distracted Driving Accidents

Milwaukee Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys

Let Dunk Law Firm, PLLC Manage Your Claim

Distracted driving car accidents are a persistent problem across the United States, including right here in Milwaukee. By some estimations from groups like the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), upwards of 40% of all car accidents involve a distracted driver, usually one who is texting behind the wheel.

Girl applying lipstick on the phone - Distracted driver

With distracted driving being such a serious issue, you need serious representation if you get hit by a distracted driver. Dunk Law Firm, PLLC in Milwaukee is here to help you handle every aspect of your claim. We can investigate your crash, determine liability by inspecting evidence, calculate your damages, file your claim, negotiate for a settlement, prepare for litigation, and much, much more. To get ahold of our distracted driving accident attorneys in Milwaukee, please call (414) 206-1295 or use an online contact form now.

Distracting Behaviors Behind the Wheel

There are many ways that negligent drivers can distract themselves. None of the behaviors are safe, and all should be mindfully avoided whenever driving.

Were you hit by a driver who was engaging in any of these behaviors?

  • Texting with or otherwise holding their cellphone
  • Eating food or drinking a beverage
  • Talking with passengers in the vehicle
  • Looking at a billboard or other roadside distraction
  • Applying makeup
  • Putting on different articles of clothing

Proving Driver Distraction Through Careful Review

When a driver admits to being distracted at the time of their car accident, it is a reliable way to increase their liability and lower your own. The objective of any car accident claim is to reduce your liability as much as possible, which will affect how much compensation you can collect through a successful claim. To this end, we will want to do all we can to either convince the liable driver to admit to distracted driving or find and use evidence to prove their distraction.

Different pieces of evidence we can consider could include:

  • Cellphone call or data records showing the phone was in use when the crash occurred.
  • Testimonials from other motorists or passengers who saw the crash.
  • Police reports that indicate the other driver was distracted.
  • Driving records with prior citations for texting-and-driving.

It might even be possible to subpoena audio recordings between the liable driver and their insurance company. In some cases, a driver will be compelled to be entirely honest with their own insurance company soon after a distracted driving car accident. The recording could include them admitting to being on their smartphone when they hit you.

Distracted Driving Laws in Wisconsin

Is it illegal to eat and drive in Wisconsin?

No. While eating and driving can be considered "distracted" driving, there are no laws prohibiting drivers from eating while driving. However, it's important that you take care to keep your hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road should you choose to snack and drive.

Is it illegal to be on your phone and drive while in Wisconsin?

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, using a hand-held cell phone while driving through a construction or roadwork zone is against the law in Wisconsin.

Drivers who only hold a permit or probationary license are prohibited from using hand-held or hands-free cell phones while driving.

Texting while driving is illegal for all Wisconsin drivers, regardless of experience or location.

What Is the Best Way to Deal With a Distracted Driver?

With how common it has become for drivers to use their phones while on the road, it's only a matter of time until you encounter a distracted driver. Here are the best ways to protect yourself when this occurs:

  1. Maintain a good following distance - This will increase your ability to stop in time if the distracted driver brakes suddenly
  2. Stay in the right-most lane when possible - If the distracted driver is behind you, this allows them the ability to pass you and keep the potential danger where you can see it
  3. Pull over to the side of the road - If the driver doesn't pass you, your best option may be to pull over to the side of the road until they have had enough time to get ahead of you
  4. Call the police - If you have a genuine concern that the other driver's behavior could cause an accident, you should report the driver to the police; however, this should be used sparingly

Every Penny Counts – We’ll Fight for Them All

After a distracted driver seriously injures you, whether they were texting, eating, or talking, you will need as much compensation as you can to get your life back on track. Otherwise, the full weight of your medical bills could rest on your shoulders, which will be especially problematic if you are missing work and wages due to your injuries.

It is time to get Dunk Law Firm and our distracted driving accident lawyers in Milwaukee in your corner. Our contingency fee agreements let you access the services of a reputable personal injury law firm without reaching for your pocketbook first. We only get paid if we end your case with a settlement or verdict amount awarded to you!

Please call our Milwaukee distracted driving accident lawyers at (414) 206-1295 soon after your distracted driving accident to get your distracted driving lawsuit moving. You can also fill out our online contact form.

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