Distracted Driving Accidents

Nashua Distracted Driving Accident Attorney

Helping the Injured Across New Hampshire

When you think of distracted driving, you probably think of texting and driving. While texting and driving is a serious problem, it is not the only form of distracted driving. In fact, any activity that takes your attention away from the road is considered distracted driving. This includes eating, drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system, or using a cell phone for calling or browsing the internet.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed 3,142 lives in 2019 alone. This is why many states have laws in place to prevent distracted driving. In New Hampshire, for example, it is illegal for drivers to use hand-held cell phones while driving. However, distracted driving is still a major problem in the United States.

When a distracted driver causes an accident, they can be held liable for the damages. If you were injured in a distracted driving accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights and guide you through the process of filing a claim.

At the Law Office of Attorney Mark Rufo, we are committed to helping the injured. We have extensive experience handling all types of car accident cases, including those involving distracted driving. Our team can help you understand your rights and fight for the full, fair compensation you are owed. We offer free initial consultations and there are no fees unless we win your case.

Contact us online or call our office today at (603) 224-8945 to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

Types of Distracted Driving

There are three main types of distracted driving: visual, manual, and cognitive. Visual distractions are those that cause you to take your eyes off the road. Manual distractions are those that cause you to take your hands off the wheel. Cognitive distractions are those that cause you to take your mind off driving.

Texting and driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving because it involves all three types of distractions. When you send or read a text message, you take your eyes off the road for an average of five seconds. If you are driving at 55 mph, that is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.

Other common forms of distracted driving include:

  • Talking on a cell phone
  • Using a navigation system
  • Adjusting the radio, CD player, or MP3 player
  • Watching a video
  • Eating and drinking
  • Grooming
  • Talking to people in your vehicle
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a laptop or tablet

Compensation for Distracted Driving Accidents

If you have suffered injuries in a distracted driving accident, you have the right to seek compensation for various damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. In New Hampshire, you have a three-year window from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If, unfortunately, you have lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident, you may be eligible for compensation to cover funeral expenses, loss of consortium, and other applicable damages. In this case, the same three-year statute of limitations still applies.

It is important to note that New Hampshire is a modified comparative negligence state. This means that if you are found to be partially at fault for the accident, your damages will be reduced by your percentage of fault. If you are found to be more than 50% at fault for the accident, you will be barred from recovering any damages.

For example, let’s say you were injured in a distracted driving accident and you suffered $100,000 in damages. If the court finds that you were 20% at fault for the accident, your damages will be reduced by 20% to $80,000. If the court finds that you were 60% at fault for the accident, you will be barred from recovering any damages.

How Our Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys Can Help

After suffering an injury in a distracted driving accident, you may be entitled to compensation. However, recovering compensation is not always easy. The insurance company may try to deny your claim or make a lowball settlement offer. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.

Attorney Mark Rufo can help you fight for the full, fair compensation you are owed. Our team can:

  • Investigate the accident and gather evidence to prove liability
  • Handle all communication with the insurance company and other parties involved
  • Calculate the full extent of your damages, including future medical expenses and lost wages
  • Negotiate with the insurance company to reach a fair settlement
  • Take your case to court, if necessary, and present a strong case on your behalf

Our team is dedicated to helping the injured. We will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve. We offer free initial consultations and there are no fees unless we win your case.

Contact Our Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers Today

An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights and guide you through the process of filing a claim. At the Law Office of Attorney Mark Rufo, we are committed to helping the injured. We have extensive experience handling all types of car accident cases, including those involving distracted driving. Our team can help you fight for the full, fair compensation you are owed. We offer free initial consultations and there are no fees unless we win your case.

Call our office today at (603) 224-8945 or contact us online for a free consultation with our experienced legal team.

Our FAQ

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  • Do I have a personal injury claim or a workers’ compensation claim?
    You may have both! If you are injured at work or have developed an injury caused by repetitive stress or strain from your job, you are often eligible for workers’ compensation. But this only prevents you from suing your employer. If a third party caused the accident, you could have an additional personal injury claim against that party.
  • What if I can’t afford an attorney?
    Personal injury lawyers do not cost anything upfront. In fact, we get paid only when you do — and we receive only a percentage of the compensation we secure for you. This means that not only can you afford high-quality representation, but you know we will be fighting for the maximum possible recovery, because our own pay depends on it, too.
  • Why can’t I just accept the insurance company’s offer?
    Insurance companies make their money cheating you. Claims agents are trained to get you to agree to the lowest possible amount, so the company can continue to maximize its profit. The only way to look out for your best interests and ensure that you receive fair compensation is to seek counsel from an attorney who is experienced in standing up to these insurance companies.