Sometimes the cause of a crash is obvious, and sometimes it is not. When you struggle to pinpoint what happened but are sure that a harmful wreck was not your fault, you’ll need to look for signs of what the other driver might have done wrong and/or other factors – like a defective auto part – that may have come into play.
One concern you should examine is distraction. Most drivers get distracted at some point, so there’s a fair chance the other driver might have been distracted at the time of impact. The following are some clues that could suggest they were distracted when you sustained harm.
Electronic devices in their cab
Screen-based auto tech can help people navigate successfully and avoid certain risks. However, these innovations can also be distracting. It isn’t always easy to know when tech may have been distracting a driver but you may be able to ask a court for access to the other driver’s phone records to check if they were using it in the moments before they crashed, for example.
A baby or small child as a passenger
Anyone who has spent time around babies and little kids understands just how demanding they can be. When you put them in the car, they can demand a parent’s attention to the extent that the parent may find it hard to ignore, even though they are at the wheel.
Food and drink
A half-eaten takeout container or the split contents of a coffee cup could signal that the other driver involved in your crash did not have both hands on the wheel nor their full attention on the road because they were eating or drinking at the moment of impact.
Learning more about how you can search for signs of the other driver’s fault can help you get the compensation you need if you’ve been injured in a crash. Seeking legal guidance is a good way to get started.