Distracted driving represents a significant danger to the lives and health of everyone on the road. While texting when driving is perhaps the most notorious means of driving while distracted, it is not the only one. Eating, talking to a passenger, playing with the radio or any other thing that pulls a driver’s attention away from their obligation to drive safely can result in a serious car accident.
National agencies, local governments and police departments have gone to great lengths to make the public aware of how dangerous distracted driving can be. And yet the problem remains.
In 2019 alone, distracted driving killed more than 3,000 people, a nearly 10% increase over 2018 fatalities.
Every time a person gets behind the wheel of their car, they have a responsibility to drive in a reasonable manner. When they fail to do so, and cause a car accident, they can be held legally responsible for their negligence. Victims of such negligence have the right to seek compensation for damages they suffer, including medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.
Reasonable driving includes focusing on the task at hand (driving) and not being distracted by a cell phone, the driver’s lunch or the radio. When a driver allows those distractions to become their priority, they stop being a reasonable driver. And if they cause an accident through their actions, they can be held responsible for negligence.
When you are injured as a result of someone else’s distracted driving, you will be faced with many choices and decisions. An experienced lawyer can help the injured and their families understand their options, and can fight for them to recover the full amount of compensation they deserve.