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Victims of distracted driving are legally protected

Distracted driving places everyone sharing the roadway in danger. Because of the increase in the number of mobile devices, the size of the problem of distracted driving has grown. Distracted driving includes talking on a cell phone while driving; emailing or surfing the internet while driving; and texting while driving. Texting while driving is of particular concern because it combines all three types of distracted driving.

The three types of distracted driving are cognitive, visual and manual. When a distracted driver is texting while driving, their attention is removed from driving, their eyes are removed from the roadway and their hands are removed from the steering wheel. Additional types of distracted driving include operating a navigation device or radio while driving; interacting with passengers, children or pets while driving; reading while driving; grooming while driving; eating while driving and some other behaviors.

Careless drivers who engage in distracted driving can cause car accident victims medical expenses, time away from work and emotional harm. Because of this, when a distracted driver has caused a car accident, victims may be able to recover compensation for their damages through a personal claim for damages including their physical, financial and emotional damages. Victims may be able to recover compensation for medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.

Distracted driving is incredibly dangerous and creates a risk for other drivers and passengers on the roadways. Fortunately, the legal process provides options to hold distracted drivers accountable and ensure victims do not shoulder the damages resulting from their negligence alone.

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