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What Is Distracted Driving?

At Naqvi Injury Law, our personal injury law firm has helped victims throughout the state of Nevada recover compensation for injuries caused by the actions of aggressive drivers. With a perfect trial record and years’ worth of experience in an out of the courtroom, if you are involved in a distracted driving accident and are injured, working with our talented attorney is within your best interests. Not only is our law firm highly skilled at what we do, but we truly care about you, and want the best outcome for your case.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as any type of behavior that diverts attention from the act of driving. Many of these behaviors may seem relatively harmless or even appear perfectly fine to perform while operating a vehicle. The truth is, however, that doing anything other than focusing on the act of driving while behind the wheel has the potential to be dangerous. Some of the most common forms of distracted driving include:

  • Using a handheld mobile device;
  • Navigating a GPS;
  • Eating or drinking;
  • Attending to passengers or pets;
  • Reading;
  • Applying makeup or otherwise self-grooming;
  • Changing the radio/fiddling with music, temperature controls, etc.;
  • Looking at something outside (that is not the road in front of you); and
  • Daydreaming or thinking about something unrelated to driving.

What’s the Most Dangerous Type of Distracted Driving?

While all types of distracted driving have the potential to be deadly, the most dangerous type of distracted driving, statistically speaking, is the use of a cell phone. Specifically, texting while driving has become a top killer on American roadways, taking the lives of hundreds of people every single year throughout the states. The reason that texting while driving is so dangerous is that it meets the criteria for all three forms of distraction (most other behaviors only satisfy one or two): visual distractions – taking your eyes off of the road, manual distractions – taking your hands off of the wheel, and cognitive distractions – taking your mind off of the act of driving.


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Is Distracted Driving Illegal?

One thing that can be confusing for drivers to understand is that while all forms of distracted driving are dangerous, not all forms of distracted driving are illegal. To be sure, most states have outlawed using a cell phone while driving, specifically texting, but there are no laws in place to address daydreaming, self-grooming, changing the radio, or eating or drinking. If these behaviors are not illegal, how can a person who is distracted at the time of crash be held liable for damages that occur?

In Nevada, fault for an accident isn’t always based on whether or not a law is breached; instead, it is based on negligence, or the failure to act with the proper duty of care required for a situation. While eating or drinking while driving certainly isn’t illegal, it is unsafe, and a reasonable person would probably state that taking one’s hands off of the wheel and looking away from the road while driving, especially at high speeds, is unsafe. As such, a driver who commits an act of distracted driving that causes a crash can be held liable based on their negligence.

How Do I Prove that the Driver Who Hit Me Was Distracted?

The crux of a car accident claim is proving that the other driver was at fault for your injuries so that you can hold this driver liable for injuries and damages that result. However, proving distraction isn’t always easy, and is certainly not as easy as proving other forms of negligence, such as driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. It is important to gather as much evidence as you can following a distracted driving accident, including:

  • Any video footage of the accident;
  • Pictures of the vehicles’ resting places and angles of impact;
  • Witness testimony;
  • Testimony from the other driver;
  • Police reports; and
  • Cell phone data reports (which may indicate the driver was browsing the internet, sending a text message, etc. at the time of crash).

Some of these types of evidence can be difficult to obtain on your own. For this reason, it is recommended that you work with a seasoned personal injury attorney who can hire accident reconstruction experts, send spoliation of evidence letters, and request certain evidence types (like cell phone logs).

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Our law firm’s founding attorney — Farhan Naqvi has handled hundreds of complicated auto accident cases, including:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Drunk driver accidents

He started his career as an insurance defense attorney many years ago and later joined one of the largest personal injury law firms in Nevada where he often litigated more than 200 cases simultaneously. His strong experience with insurance companies & accident law is the foundation of our boutique law firm. We devote ample resources & time to obtaining maximum compensation for accident victims.

Do I Need an Attorney

When you are in a crash, you can file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance, wait for the insurance company to offer you a settlement (assuming that it does, indeed, offer you a settlement), and accept it and move on. However, the problem with this approach is that an insurance company’s first offer is often much less than a car accident victim truly deserves. The other problem is that this approach assumes that a car accident company will offer a settlement without negating fault, or trying to put some of the blame for the accident on the plaintiff’s shoulders.

When you hire an experienced attorney, you are choosing to work with an advocate who knows how to navigate the claims process, and who will work hard to protect your best interests.

Why Work with Our Firm?

At Naqvi Injury Law, we are extremely credible, and have received a number of recognitions for our success in and out of the courtroom. In fact, we have gone to court countless times, and we have never lost a trial! We care about our clients and those in our community, and stop at nothing to achieve desirable results when distracted driving accident victims hire our law firm. What’s more, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means we will never ask you to pay us a cent unless your case is successful. Even then, we charge based on a percentage of your winnings.

If you are involved in a distracted driving crash in Las Vegas or surrounding areas, our Nevada car accident lawyer wants to speak with you. Call us anytime, day or night, to schedule your free consultation.

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