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Breit Drescher Imprevento

Virginia Distracted Driver Attorneys

Distracted driving is an epidemic on our roads. According to the Department of Transportation, in 2011, over 3,000 people were killed by distracted drivers. The National Safety Council also estimates that 25 percent of all crashes can be attributed to someone either talking on a cell phone or texting while driving.

Distracted drivers are all around us and represent one of the most dangerous threats to safety on the road. Things that cause distracted driving fall into four categories: Physical distractions, visual distractions, audible distractions and cognitive distractions.

Physical distractions are driver distractions in which the driver removes his or her hands from the steering wheel. Such distractions include, changing the radio station, eating while driving, or even applying make-up while driving.

Visual distractions are distractions which divert a driver’s vision from the road, such as reading while driving.

Audible distractions are sounds which take a driver’s time and attention from the road, such as ongoing conversations with passengers or loud stereo music.

Cognitive distractions are those things which require a driver to think about things other than driving. Cognitive distractions are often the most overlooked driver distractions. For example, talking on a cell phone using a hands free device is considered by many to be a safer alternative to driving while talking on a hand held device. More and more traffic studies, however, debunk this myth by finding that talking on a cellphone while driving, even with a hands free device is just as distracting and dangerous as driving while talking into the device directly.

The bottom line is there are virtually unlimited causes for distracted drivers, making travel on the roadways more dangerous than ever. Some key tips for doing your part to make the roads safer:

Minimize distractions before starting your car. Take care of potential driver distractions before putting your vehicle in motion. Get directions.

Send any important emails and return last minute calls. Make sure child passengers are buckled in and have any books, games or other forms of entertainment for child passengers before you get on the road.

Answer only important calls while driving and keep the duration of any conversation to an absolute minimum. Also be sure people are aware of your desire not to talk during times you are on the road. This will eliminate those calls from friends during the rush hour commute which is when traffic volume is highest and distractions must be avoided at all costs.

Never text while driving. Even though texting and driving is illegal in Virginia, it still falls into almost every driver distraction category and is among the most hazardous of all driver distractions. Avoid reading and definitely sending texts while driving at all costs.

Do not eat while driving. This sounds simple, but, how many times have you seen someone wrestling with a fast food bag while driving.

At Breit Drescher Imprevento we have handled thousands of personal injury cases arising out of automobile collisions. Many are collisions caused by distracted drivers. We understand how driver distractions cause accidents, and we know how to gather the evidence necessary to prove it.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, call Breit Drescher Imprevento for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.

Our Results
$14M catastrophic burn injuries

$14,000,000 Award for products liability case involving negligently designed parking attendant vehicle resulting in catastrophic burn injuries.

$6M traumatic brain injury

$6,000,000 Award for automobile collision resulting in traumatic brain injury.

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$20,000,000 Award for negligently maintained power station fence resulting in catastrophic burn injury to minor child

$20M for Brain Injury

$20,000,000 Award for automobile collision resulting in traumatic brain injury

$7.5M traumatic brain injury

$7,500,000 Award for city vehicle which struck pedestrian resulting in traumatic brain injury.

$6.5M traumatic brain injury

$6,500,000 Award for Tractor trailer collision resulting in traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries and left side paralysis.

$60M for Brain Injury

$60,000,000 Award for head-on collision involving commercial vehicle resulting in traumatic brain injury.


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The attorneys of Breit Drescher & Imprevento handle Hampton Roads personal injury cases including car accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, Traffic accidents and Personal liability cases in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton and Newport News, Virginia. Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Our firm's prior case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.
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