Driving while using a handheld device is dangerous – so dangerous that 17 states, as well as Washington D.C.. Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have all enacted laws preventing drivers from using handheld devices while driving. Colorado is NOT one of those laws and now it seems like it won’t be for quite a while. In April, SB19-012 was postponed indefinitely after an 11-0 vote in the House Judiciary Committee.
While it is already against the law to text and drive in Colorado, drivers, who are not minors, are still allowed to hold their phones while driving. Yet, the CDOT estimates that distracted driving is the cause of more than 40 crashes a day across the state.
Opponents to the law raise concerns about racial profiling and the lack of evidence that increased fines actually work to deter distracted driving. The ACLU Public Policy Director who opposes the law stated that there are numerous studies, including one from CU Boulder, that find no evidence that handheld device bans actually work the way they’re intended to work.
What to Do After an Accident with a Distracted Driver
Until the use of handheld devices while driving is banned, the incidents of distracted driving are likely to increase. If you’ve been injured in a car accident with a distracted driver in Colorado, take the following steps to protect yourself:
- Call 911 – it is important to call 911 to alert emergency services to the accident scene. Paramedics will need to treat injured accident victims and police officers will need to fill out an accident report documenting the details of the accident.
- Seek Medical Help – even if you don’t believe you are injured, it is important to seek medical help. The adrenaline after an accident often masks the symptoms of a serious injury. As such, it is best to be treated by a qualified medical professional even after low impact crashes.
- Gather Evidence – if you are able, it is important to gather valuable evidence after the accident. This includes:
- The other driver’s insurance information and driver’s license information
- Other car’s license plate information and description
- Eyewitness contact information
- Photos of the crash scene and damage to the vehicles
- Written account in your own words of what happened
- Call an Attorney – calling a car accident attorney can be the most important call you make after an accident. Your attorney can help you during this time and ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way.
Contact Our Denver Distracted Driving Attorneys
If you or someone you love is injured in a car accident in Denver with a distracted driver, we can help you obtain the money you need to recover. Without a lawyer on your side it can be difficult to go toe-to-toe with large insurance companies on your own. Contact Gregory A. Gold of the Gold Law Firm today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653. We are ready to fight for you and your rights to full and complete compensation after an accident.