If you commute by car, we’re sure you’ve encountered your fair share of distracted drivers. You may notice them drifting into another lane on the highway and then rapidly readjusting. You carefully try to get around them and—sure enough—you can see that they’re on their phone. This situation is all too common, and it can have catastrophic consequences. If a distracted driving caused your accident, how can you prove that they were distracted?
Gather Evidence Yourself
If you’re lucky enough not to have sustained serious injuries as a result of your accident, you might be able to gather evidence yourself. It may be obvious that the other driver was using their cell phone, such as if you notice the screen still on in the passenger seat. If you notice this or any other red flags, take pictures that could be used as evidence.
Remember that distracted driving can take many forms. Eating while driving isn’t illegal in every state, but it has caused countless accidents over the years. If you see signs that the other driver may have been in the middle of a meal, take pictures of that, too.
If you could tell that the driver who caused your accident was distracted, then somebody else probably noticed it too. If you’re lucky, someone who witnessed the accident may have stuck around to give you their contact information. Their testimony will be helpful regardless of whether or not they noticed distracted driving; still, you should ask, just in case they did.
If you’re not so lucky, you may want to track down some witnesses yourself. Other drivers may be long gone at this point, but use your other resources. There may be pedestrians gathered on the side of the road, or workers at nearby businesses who saw the accident.
One of the most definitive ways to prove distracted driving is through cell phone records. When filing the police report, a police officer at the scene may have taken a look at the other driver’s cell phone. If they found incriminating evidence suggesting that they were using it at the time of the accident, it may even have been confiscated.
There may be other digital evidence of distracted driving apart from the cell phone itself. In the internet age, you might be able to prove that the offender was actively using their social media pages at the time of the accident. Online activity on these sites tends to be clearly timestamped, making this easy to prove.
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