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Who Can You Sue For Distracted Driving?

If you've been injured in distracted driving accident, there could be a cascade of parties bearing partial responsible for the crash, depending on the circumstances. In the interest of securing the maximum possible compensation for your injuries and related costs, it's important to be aware of the many possible negligent parties that could be named in a lawsuit. 

Distracted drivers. Drivers themselves make the decision to text while driving, or engage in other activities (eating, taking photos, reading texts) that take their attention away from the road. Drivers would be the most obvious negligent parties in a distracted driving accident. 

Employer of the driver. If the driver is an employee of a commercial enterprise and the crash happened during the course of business, the employer could be named in a lawsuit. This is particularly true if the driver was engaged in texting or another distracting activity that was required by the employer. Of particular concern is whether the employer had a cell phone policy in place at the time of the accident, and if the policy had been enforced. 

Someone on the other end of the phone. If the person texting or talking to the person who caused the accident knew that the driver was driving, but continued to text or talk to that person, he or she could be held partially liable for the crash. 

App designers. In some cases, designers of apps that were in use at the time of the crash can be held partially responsible for accidents. This is particularly true if the app itself encouraged unsafe behavior of some sort. 

Distracted driving accidents have become alarmingly common since more and more people now own cell phones. If you've been injured in such an accident, you deserve full compensation for the injuries and expenses you have incurred as a result of the crash. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help you pursue all potential avenues of compensation to facilitate your recovery. 

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