Auto Accidents

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Car Accidents

You have legal rights after an auto accident.  We are here to fight for you. As an accident victim, you can pursue financial compensation for any damages you have suffered, including medical expenses and missed wages.  The car accident lawyers at Whitworth Law Office investigate and document each case properly, inspecting and photographing the scene of the collision and the vehicles involved, in addition to interviewing all witnesses and first responders.  The car accident lawyers at Whitworth Law Office are experienced at handling cases involving:


  • Bodily Injury Claims
  • Soft tissue injury claims
  • Brain Injury Claims
  • Distracted Driving
  • Texting While Driving
  • Driver Fatigue
  • Poor Roadway Design
  • Underinsured Motorists
  • Uninsured Motorists

One of the leading causes of car accidents is distracted driving.  Any action that prohibits a motorists from driving safely is a distraction.  It is important to gather the cell phone records of the at-fault driver during the litigation phase of a car accident case.  The primary distraction categories are visual distractions, physical distractions and cognitive distractions.  A dangerous motorist could be visually distracted if he/she is not looking at the road, physically distracted if both his/her hands are not on the wheel, and cognitively distracted if his/her mind is elsewhere.  

Commercial Trucking Accidents

Although truck drivers undergo training and licensure requirements intended to prevent accidents, truck drivers often fail to practice safe driving techniques. This can ultimately result in significant injuries and death to unsuspecting motorists who are involved in a collision with a semitruck. Common factors that contribute to truck accidents are:


  • Truck driver fatigue
  • Drug use
  • Excessive speed for conditions
  • Unfamiliarity with the road
  • Lack of road surveilance
  • Pressure from the carrier to complete a truck route within an alloted time
  • Poorly trained truck drivers
  • Inexperienced truck drivers
  • Negligent retention and hiring of truck drivers

Truck accidents are more complex than other motor vehicle accidents because they typically involve multiple parties, including the truck driver, truck owner, company leasing the tractor-trailer, etc. Semitrucks are usually owned by large companies with a team of insurance adjusters and lawyers who will work hard to make you liable for the accident even if the accident is not your fault. In some cases, the companies will have several corporate entities set up that will make it difficult for you to bring a claim against a company for damages without the help of an experienced trucking accident attorney.

Motor Vehicle Collisions Resulting in Catastrophic Injuries and Traumatic Brain Injuries

Catastrophic Injuries

Unfortunately, due to the size, weight and speed capabilities of commercial and motor vehicles, collisions often result in catastrophic injuries.  Injuries are considered catastrophic when they will have a long-term impact on someone's life. These types of injuries typically require significant medical care and are often permanent in their nature.  Catastrophic injuries are taxing financially and emotionally.  At the Whitworth Law Office, we have dealt with catastrophic injuries and know how to help you navigate you through this troubled time.  There are a number of different catastrophic injuries, including:


  • Severe head trauma
  • Amputation
  • Loss of vision
  • Spinal Cord injury
  • Brain damage
  • Severe burns
  • Neurological damage
  • Paralysis
  • Paraplegia
  • Permanent injuries to the foot, hand, back, neck or shoulder

Catastrophic injuries often result from trucking accidents, motor vehicle collisions and other types of collisions that occur on the road.  You need an attorney who will carefully evaluate what compensation is needed to cover the costs associated with catastrophic injuries. These costs include medical bills, lost wages, future earnings, lost enjoyment of life, mental anguish, and pain and suffering.


Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious injury to the brain, usually caused by severe striking of the head. Usually, a TBI results in lifelong mental, physical and emotional complications that may include:


  • Severe pain
  • Loss of memory
  • Speech problems
  • Severe mood swings
  • Personality changes
  • Loss of motor skills and paralysis
  • Sleep disorders
  • Vision changes
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Difficulty finding the right words

We thoroughly investigate our cases in order to uncover important evidence, build strong litigation strategies, engage in smart negotiations and fighting aggressively in the courtroom to get our clients the best compensation awards possible.

Distracted driving

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Distracted Driving is a Dangerous Epidemic on America's Highways

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distraction plays a key role in a significant amount of road deaths and injuries each year.  Distracted driving crashes are crashes in which drivers lose focus on the safe control of their vehicle due to manual, physical, visual or cognitive distraction.  

NHTSA reports that a person is 23 times more likely to be involved in a car wreck if texting while driving, and has started a national public awareness campaign to inform people of the dangers of this unfortunate practice.  

Texting while driving is often cited as the worst kind of distracted driving, as it utilizes a person’s hands, eyes and mind instead of holding the wheel, and looking and concentrating on the road.  However, there are many other forms of distracted driving responsible for car crashes.

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The Many Forms of Distracted Driving

Road crashes are predictable and can be prevented.  Avoid distracted driving.  Do not:

  • Text and drive
  • Talk on the phone
  • Drive with headphones in your ears
  • Focus on children in the back seat
  • Play with your GPS while your car is in motion
  • Look at scenery on the side of the road
  • Engage in heated discussions with passengers
  • Listen to overly loud music
  • Look at people on the sidewalk
  • Read billboards
  • Play games on mobile devices
  • Adjust settings for technology used in your car
  • Reach for items in the car
  • Slow down to look at a crash scene
  • Brush your hair and put on make up
  • Eat and drink

What's going on in the brain when we multitask?

The prefrontal cortex part of the brain ignites when you need to focus on a task.  It is split into the right side and the left side.  Together, these two sides assist the brain in engaging in a single task.  If there are two tasks at hand, the sides work independently of each other, each focusing on one task.  If a motorist is doing any other task besides driving while behind the wheel, he or she has a hard time processing these signals and ultimately results in tasks being divided between two frontal cortexes.

One of the most common cases of wrongful death are due to car accidents where someone was killed due to negligent behavior.  Taking another person's life to respond to a text message in a timely manner is neglecting your own safety as well as every one else's on the road.

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Distracted Driving is Deadly

Over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year.  An additional 2.35 million are injured or disabled.  Every year, approximately 421,000 people are injured in crashes that have involved a driver who was distracted in some way.  Each year, over 330,000 accidents caused by texting while driving lead to severe injuries.  This means that over 78% of all distracted drivers are distracted because they have been texting while driving.  1 our of 4 car accidents in the US are caused by texting while driving.

It takes an average of three seconds after a driver's mind is taken off the road for any road accident to occur.  This is the bare minimum amount of time it takes.  To put that in perspective, three seconds is the time it takes to turn your ignition when starting your car.

Reading a text message while driving successfully distracts a driver for a minimum of five seconds each time.  This means that the chances of an accident occurring while reading a text is extremely high.  The average speed in the US is about 55 MPH.  Taking five seconds to read a text in this time means that the driver travels the length of a football field without looking at the road, or being distracted.  There are so many vehicles on the road now that this means there is a huge chance of something terrible happening in this distance.

Please do not text and drive.  If you have been injured in an accident that you believe may have been caused by driver distraction, call Whitworth Law Office today to prove your case and recover the compensation you and your family deserve.


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