Distracted Drivers

It’s Friday at five o’clock, and you’re caught in traffic as usual. You were paying attention to the road, but someone else wasn’t. Now you’re suffering the consequences of their carelessness. A car crash can happen to the best driver at any moment, and it can change your life for the worse. Physical injury, mental anguish, piles of medical bills, uncooperative insurance companies: you deserve compensation. At Porya Mansorian & Associates, we fight for you to make things right.

We know that going to an attorney after a harrowing crash can be intimidating, which is why we strive to make the process easy. If you’ve been involved in a collision, call us today and tell us what happened. We’re ready to help you win the compensation and justice you deserve.

Distracted driving can be a violation of Colorado law. Colorado statutes state:

C.R.S. 42-4-1401(1): A person who drives a motor vehicle, bicycle, electrical assisted bicycle, or low-power scooter in such a manner as to indicate either a wanton or a willful disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.

Despite its illegal status, distracted driving is all too common. Figure 1 below demonstrates the distracted driving that caused crashes between 2012 and 2015 where the distracted driver was found to be at fault. Whether by cell phones or by chatty passengers, drivers are easily distracted. While distracted driving is only specifically outlawed in some Colorado cities, if a driver is distracted when they hit you, they are far more likely to be found at fault.

Courtesy of Colorado Department of Transportation

All too often, victims of distracted, impaired, or otherwise careless drivers do not press forward to seek legal compensation. You may feel confused about your situation, unsure whether or not you could have done something differently to avoid the collision. Maybe you’re overwhelmed by your injuries and believe you don’t have time to fight a lengthy court battle. At Porya Mansorian, we want to help you get back to being you. We focus on your case, so you can focus on recovery.

 

What to do in an collision

If you’re in an auto collision, the first priority is to make sure everyone is safe. A first responder should examine you immediately.

Car crashes often cause short term memory loss or confusion. Your recollection of events may differ drastically from what actually took place. Your attorney can help sort out the details later.

Collect information from the other driver and any witnesses to the accident. Again, this should be done after you have assessed the extent of injuries. Your health paramount. When an officer arrives, ask for their name and your case number.

Speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Don’t talk to either insurance company until you have a lawyer by your side. You want your rights to be protected before any action is taken, regardless of whose fault the collision may be.