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Beyond Terrible Crash Highway 18 Sheridan

Chevrolet pickup truck with driver Mark Daly was traveling E on Highway 18. It crossed over the centerline and hit Ford F150 pickup truck with driver Shawn Smith. Both drivers didn't survive the crash.

Wrongful Death Claim Filled Will Be The Consequence of Distracted Driving

As Oregon personal injury attorneys, The Herron Law Firm is all too familiar with fatal car accidents that are caused by some type of distracted driving. We do not yet know why the driver of the Chevrolet crossed over the center line and caused a fatal car accident. But something took the driver’s attention from the road for a few seconds, leading to a tragedy.

Consider these sobering statistics about distracted driving:

  • 10% of fatal car accidents and 15% of injury crashes were related to distracted driving in 2015, according to the NHTSA.
  • Experts believe distracted driving accidents are under-reported. The NSC estimates that cell phone use accounted for 27% of car crashes in 2015.
  • In 2015, 3477 people died and 391,000 were hurt in accidents involving distracted drivers.
  • Driver distraction is the cause of 60% of teenager crashes.

Experts say there are three types of distracted driving:

  • Manual distractions where you move your hands from the wheel.
  • Visual distractions where you take your eyes from the road.
  • Cognitive distractions where you take your mind from driving tasks.

If you ever use a cell phone while you drive, know this:

  1. People are as impaired when they drive and talk on a cell phone as to when they are drunk with a BAC of .08%, according to the University of Utah. Cell phone users are more than five times as likely to get into a crash than a driver who is not distracted.
  2. Driving distracted can lead to serious injury and death, which can put the negligent party behind bars in some cases. Also, if you were distracted when driving and injure or kill another person, you can end up in civil court fast.
  3. If the other person is in a car accident with injuries because of your distraction, the police will investigate if a cell phone or other distraction was a factor. Police have the authority to get your cell phone records if the driver was using a cell phone when the crash happened. If the police find that you were talking or texting on a phone when the crash happened, the cell phone records can be used to prove negligence for the purposes of a personal injury lawsuit.

* In the above accident, both drivers are deceased. But the surviving family of the second driver could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the estate of the negligent driver, especially if a cell phone was a cause of the accident.

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