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Distracted driving includes taking your eyes off the road; taking your hands off the steering wheel or letting your mind wander off your primary task of driving.

Performing non-driving activities while behind the wheel puts you at risk of causing an accident. Most people have cellphones or other electronic devices, and using these while driving can pose a serious safety threat. We strongly encourage you to always drive distraction-free, making the roads a safer place. Unfortunately, not everyone does this, and many injuries and deaths happen because of someone’s reckless driving.

At GKT, we have represented thousands of auto accident victims and we specialize in distracted driving cases. If you or your loved one has been killed or injured because of someone else’s distracted driving, contact us as soon as possible so we can help. It’s easy, it’s free and it’s worth it.

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Personal Injury Case Results

In an effort to educate potential clients about the work that we do, we have summarized a few of our cases. The following cases have been generalized in order to maintain confidentiality for all parties involved. Each case has its own set of facts, and the following settlements and verdicts have been obtained based on the facts and merits of each individual circumstance. Therefore, you should not equate the results in this section to be accurate with respect to your claim.

$19.6 million recovery. Coal mine explosion. A violent explosion at a local mine tragically killed multiple workers and seriously injured several others. We represented families of two of the deceased and two injured workers.

$2.4 million jury verdict. Police officer hit by drunk driver.Our client was a police officer for a city police department. While directing traffic, our client was struck by a drunk driver whose blood alcohol level was .18. Our client suffered trauma to his back, neck, and lower extremities. He also suffered from headaches, memory loss, and concentration difficulties. Case settled post-verdict.

$1.5 million recovery. Automobile accident.While driving on the interstate, our client encountered heavy fog and pulled off to the side of the highway leaving the lights on. While pulled off to the side of the road, our client was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer, which resulted in an 11-car pile-up. Our client suffered blindness in her right eye, multiple fractures, tendon and nerve damage to her right arm, multiple facial injuries with scarring, multiple rib fractures, and bilateral pneumothorx. Case settled prior to trial.

$1.4 million settlement. Automobile accident & Insurance bad faith.Our client was injured in an automobile accident by an unknown driver who fled the scene. Our client filed a lawsuit against the unknown driver and made a claim against her own insurance under the terms of her uninsured motorist coverage. Our client repeatedly made requests that her own insurance company adjust her claim, but all requests went unacknowledged. After a trial, the Court entered a judgment against the unknown driver and awarded more than $1,000,000 in damages. Judgment was also entered against our client’s insurance carrier for the uninsured policy limit.

$900,000 recovery. Automobile accident.We represented a husband and wife that were hit head on by a tandem truck. The husband underwent multiple surgeries to repair fractures to his femur, hip, and mandible. Although the wife’s injuries were not as severe, she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from the emotional stress and anxiety of the accident.

$765,000 recovery. Job site accident.Our client was working for his employer building a new home. As the defendant attempted to boom drywall through an opening in the upstairs of the house, the unsecured drywall shifted causing it to fall on the plank where our client was standing. As a result of his fall, our client sustained a serious head injury and 2 herniated discs.

$750,000 recovery. Automobile accident resulting in severe disability. Our client was forced into the median strip by a tractor-trailer that was changing lanes. Injuries included intracerebral hematoma resulting in severe disability which requires 24-hour care. This case went to trial twice before settling on the first day of the third trial.

Distracted Driving Accidents FAQ

What is distracted driving?

Distracted driving is caused by actions that take a driver’s attention away from safely operating a vehicle. That includes taking your eyes off the road; taking your hands off the steering wheel or letting your mind wander off your primary task of driving. Performing non-driving activities while behind the wheel puts you at risk of causing an accident.

What are some common distractions and non-driving activities?

  • Texting
  • Using a cellphone or smartphone
  • Using a navigation/GPS system
  • Reading, including directions and maps
  • Using the radio, CD or mp3 player
  • Eating, drinking or smoking
  • Unsecured pets
  • Performing personal hygiene and grooming
  • Talking to and interacting with passengers

Can I receive compensation for my injury that was caused by distracted driving?

Depending on your case, you could be compensated for financial damages like medical bills, lost wages and property damage. You may also collect other damages, including pain and suffering, humiliation and distress.

Do specific distracted driving laws exist?

Yes, but they vary by state and are primarily related to texting and cellphone use. There are two categories of laws: primary law and secondary law. With primary law, an officer may ticket an offender for a distracted driving violation without any other traffic offense. With secondary law, an officer may only ticket an offender for distracted driving if the driver has been pulled over for another traffic offense like speeding. Below are the current distracted driving laws:

 

Ohio – Bans on both texting and handheld device use as a primary law

Pennsylvania – Ban on texting as a primary law

West Virginia – Ban on both texting and handheld device use as a primary law

What types of accidents are caused by distracted driving?

Distracted driving can cause single-vehicle crashes, multi-vehicle crashes, truck or motorcycle crashes, and even involve pedestrians. They are caused by negligent drivers and are proven to be easily prevented.

The insurance company asked me to provide a statement about my accident. What should I do?

It depends on who is asking. Don’t sign or say anything to an insurance adjuster before you speak to an attorney. It could limit your rights to pursue a claim and significantly affect its value. If you are asked to provide a statement, contact GKT to help determine if you should consent.It’s a good idea to see a doctor if you think you’ve been injured. If you submit a claim to the insurance company without knowing the full extent of your damages, including injuries, you could experience financial hardship. Once a case is settled, you can’t reopen it and obtain additional compensation for your injuries.