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Injured In A Distracted Driving Accident In Monroe Or Bastrop? We’re Here For You.

Distracted driving is one of the most hazardous behaviors on Louisiana roads, leading to severe injuries and potentially long-lasting consequences. Every day on busy highways like Interstate 20, people are at risk from distracted drivers. If someone injures you or a loved one, holding them accountable is crucial.

At Downs Law Firm, we are family-owned and dedicated to protecting you and your loved ones. Our team of attorneys has over 25 years of experience supporting people affected by these devastating crashes in Monroe, Bastrop and surrounding communities. Our distracted driving attorneys are ready to help when someone jeopardizes your health and financial future.

What Are The Three Types Of Distracted Driving?

While most of us know that distracted driving is risky, few understand all the behaviors it includes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention places distractions into three categories:

  • Visual: Taking your eyes off the road for even a few seconds to look at the scenery, your phone, the GPS or touchscreen controls on your car or anything that takes your attention away from the road.
  • Manual: Taking your hands off the wheel to check texts or emails, eating while driving, changing the radio station or reaching for anything other than the steering wheel.
  • Cognitive: Taking your mind off driving for any reason, including talking, singing, worrying about a problem or daydreaming.

Our attorneys understand the complexities of proving these complicated car wreck cases. If a distracted driver injures you, we are committed to helping you recover compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and any other damages you deserve.

Sobering Statistics On The Impact Of Distracted Driving

The toll of inattentive drivers has risen dramatically over the past two decades. The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission reports that 678 people died in 2021, and another 23,089 were injured in distracted driving crashes.

Consider these nationwide statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • Nearly 3,000 people die every year from distracted driving accidents
  • Roughly 8% of all U.S. fatalities involve distracted drivers
  • Nine people die every day across the country
  • 324,652 people were injured in 2020
  • 587 pedestrians and cyclists were killed by distracted drivers in 2020
  • On average, motorists spend over 1 ½ minutes on their phones per hour while driving
  • Most distracted driving accidents happen between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

The NHTSA reports that distracted driving accidents have killed over 29,000 people since 2012. Think of it – that’s more than three times the population of Bastrop.

According to NHTSA, you travel the length of a football field when taking your eyes off the road for five seconds while driving 55 mph.

Let Our Family Protect Yours. Call For A Free Consultation.

If a distracted driver has harmed you or your family, call Downs Law Firm at 318-284-8551 or email us to schedule your free consultation. Our caring and experienced distracted driving attorneys will pursue the justice you deserve.