The Alabama roadways are filled with drivers. Every day people travel our roads on their way to work, school, and recreational activities. Many people drive the same route day in and day out. Such familiarity can lead to inattentiveness. How many times do you feel like you are driving on “autopilot?” We are all guilty of daydreaming, playing loud music, and talking on our cell phones at least sometimes while driving. How often do you fish for something in your glove compartment, fiddle with your navigation system or fix your hair in the mirror? Even a few seconds of distraction can lead to disastrous consequences for innocent victims.
Recently, one such distraction turned deadly for a construction worker who was directing traffic in front of a road-widening project. He was on the side of the road doing his job when a vehicle struck him. He later died at the hospital. The police report stated that the driver of the car took her eyes off the road when she reached down to pick up something in her car. Taking her eyes off the road caused her to swerve and hit the victim. It is unclear whether or not the driver sustained any injuries.
An accident like this one is particularly troublesome because it may have been avoidable if not for the actions of the driver. It is theoretically possible, however, that the victim or his employer played some part as well. When a vehicle hits a pedestrian, the results are often devastating. An unprotected person is no match for a car, especially one being driven by a distracted driver. If you have been injured in an accident in Alabama, we recommend that you speak with our experienced attorneys. Farris, Riley& Pitt is a law firm that knows how to handle the spectrum of accident cases. We can help you learn whether you are entitled to compensation for your injuries or whether you can pursue a claim on behalf of a deceased loved one.
Distracted driving is becoming a greater and greater problem, especially with the widespread use of cell phones for talking and texting in the car. As in many states, is against the law in Alabama to text while driving. An accident involving multiple cars, trucks, bicyclists, motorcycle drivers and pedestrians often reveals evidence to support a distracted driving claim. Drivers are required to drive with caution and care. Distractions interfere with this duty.
Drivers are required to have a heightened sense of awareness around construction sites. Barrels, cones, flashing lights and road signs are often used to alert drivers to the presence of workers, equipment and traffic pattern changes. Precautions are in place to protect workers and drivers. When a driver fails to pay attention to a work site, it is especially dangerous to the people just trying to do their job.
If a distracted driver causes injury to a worker or ordinary pedestrian, the victim may be entitled to file a negligence claim or otherwise try to collect money for damages. Medical bills lost wages, and other costs may be compensable. The insurance company, driver’s employer or some other entity may be responsible for the damage. Sifting through the information in order to find out what you may be entitled to can be complicated and time-consuming. Attorneys can help.
If a distracted driver fatally injures a pedestrian, a wrongful death case may be filed against the driver or another entity. In Alabama, the estate of the deceased may try to recover punitive damages, which can then be passed on to the victim’s heirs. These damages are designed to punish the driver and let others know that there are consequences to driving negligently.
Of course, it is possible that the driver may not have been the only one at fault in any particular scenario. The road conditions or weather may be a factor in an accident with a pedestrian. Perhaps a malfunction rendered her unable to steer away in time.
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Every accident is different. Determining how much compensation you may be entitled to should be left to experts. The attorneys at the Alabama office of Farris, Riley & Pitt can review the specific facts of your case and help figure out what your legal rights are. If you have injuries or have lost a loved one because of a distracted driver, we are here to help you navigate a claim. You may be able to receive money for your medical expenses or lost wages. You should know that Alabama enforces a period during which you are permitted to file your claim. Please contact us soon to make sure time has not run out.