While no-one ever wants to be on the wrong side of car accident injury, it happens to thousands of drivers and passengers every year! There can be so many reasons behind why a car accident happened, but one that has been prominently avoidable is distracted driving behaviors. Distracted driving is really any activity that takes a driver’s primary focus off the road. With technology where it’s at, it’s often related to cell-phone use which can be very dangerous.
Laws have passed in recent years, or they are in legislation now, to ensure that drivers are cell phone free. However, just because cell phone use is prohibited by law doesn’t mean that all drivers will respect and adhere to that regulation. It’s so easy to take your eyes off the road while texting, eating, or even putting on makeup and it can cause a car accident in the blink of an eye. When drivers do not have the ability to react to a car accident (because their attention is elsewhere) it can cause an accident in which the injuries are serious.
Distracted driving behaviors still fall under the category of negligence, since it is a fairly innocent behavior (no ill-intent) but that can have serious consequences. Under negligence laws, those drivers owed a duty to their fellow friends on the road to take care when driving. Since distracted driving is dangerous and is an avoidable activity, one can seek damages if harmed in a car accident. One must prove what carelessness led to the car accident and that it caused serious injuries.
No-one wants to be involved in a car accident. Ask any injury victim, most will tell you they wish it had never happened. However, if it does happen to you, one can only move forward. If necessary, seek a personal injury suit against a negligent driver.
Source: traffic.findlaw.com, “Distracted Driving,” Accessed May 16, 2018