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Prove distracted driving with these 5 tips

If you suspect that distracted driving was the cause of an accident, it's important to speak up. There are ways you and your attorney can prove that the other driver was being negligent, so you can make a strong case for compensation. The cause of an accident is important, because without proving it, it can be harder for you to get the money you need.

There are five general ways to prove that distraction was a cause of an accident. First and probably most obviously is a driver admitting to being distracted. Sometimes, this confession won't be admissible in court, but you could use it if you decide to seek a settlement.

Witnesses are also helpful. Did anyone see the driver on the phone or making a text message? Cellphone records can back up claims that the driver wasn't paying attention and verify anything the witnesses have to say.

Videos and photos speak a thousand words, and they can show what the driver was doing before the crash in some circumstances. If a surveillance camera catches the crash on video, it may be admissible in court, so you can show exactly how your crash was caused and why you deserve the compensation you're asking for.

Finally, if the police officers can give a testimony that details what caused the accident and include distracted driving as a cause, you'll be able to submit that paperwork to court. This may be admitted in court, so you can use it to prove the other driver's fault.

Source: FindLaw, "How to Prove Distracted Driving Caused a Crash," accessed Oct. 21, 2015

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