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Distracted Driving Lawyers In Salem, Oregon

Each year, thousands of people are injured in auto accidents caused by distracted and aggressive drivers. These poor driving behaviors can cause serious injury and put lives at risk. Our personal injury lawyers have seen the devastating consequences of accidents caused by reckless motorists. If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in an accident that was caused by a distracted, aggressive, or drunk driver, we can help you recover maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Accidents Caused By Distracted Drivers Are On The Rise

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,166 people were killed in accidents involving distracted drivers in 2017. Although most people associate distracted driving with texting or talking on the phone, distracted driving includes any activity that diverts your attention from driving. There are three types of distractions that may occur on the road, including: visual, manual, and cognitive. Taking your eyes off the road is a visual distraction. Manual distraction involves removing your hands from the steering wheel, and cognitive distraction involves taking your mind off driving.

Some common causes of distracted driving include:

  • Using a smart phone to text, using the internet, or talking on the phone
  • Dealing with children and pets in the car
  • Eating while driving
  • Adjusting climate controls, stereo, or GPS
  • Picking up something off the floor
  • Conversations with passengers
  • Putting on makeup while you’re behind the wheel
  • Driver fatigue

Driving while holding or using an electronic device is prohibited by law in Oregon. It’s also important to practice caution when using a hands-free device, as this can lead to driver distraction as well. If you’ve been injured by a motorist who was driving negligently, our personal injury attorneys can help.

What Is Aggressive Driving?

The NHTSA defines aggressive driving as “the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.” Aggressive driving is a dangerous problem that exists on our roadways, but it’s not road rage. Road rage is aggressive driving that has escalated into a criminal act.

Some examples of aggressive driving include:

  • Erratic or reckless driving
  • Speeding
  • Weaving in and out of traffic
  • Tailgating
  • Cutting off another driver and slowing down
  • Running stop signs or red lights
  • Changing lanes without signaling
  • Improper passing
  • Blocking cars that are attempting to pass

Holding Irresponsible Drivers Accountable

If an aggressive driver injures you or kills a loved one, our attorneys work tirelessly to help you recover compensation and hold them accountable for their actions.

Whether you’ve been hurt by a distracted, aggressive, or drunk driver, our pursue all possible sources of compensation and fight to get the justice you deserve. We understand how stressful it can be when you’re injured and unable to work. We’ll be your staunch advocate and aggressively work to recover maximum compensation, so you can get the care and financial stability you need to move forward and heal.

Contact us

Our attorneys at Johnson and Taylor represent injured clients throughout Oregon and are fluent in Spanish. If you’ve been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, we don’t stop fighting until we recover the compensation you need and deserve. Contact us online or call 503-990-6641 to schedule a consultation. If your condition makes it difficult to travel to our office, we can meet with you at home. We serve clients in Keizer, Woodburn, Albany, Dallas, Salem and the surrounding areas, including Polk, Linn, and Marion Counties.