What Exactly Counts as Distracted Driving?
When someone hears the term “distracted driving” their mind will no doubt conjure up an image of texting while behind the wheel. While this is absolutely a prime example of distracted driving, it is hardly scratching the surface of the myriad of behaviors that can be considered as such. Distracted driving results in hundreds of thousands of car accidents each and every year that inflicts terrible injuries among those involved. These dangerous driving behaviors are generally considered negligent and can result in those perpetuating them to be considered liable for the damage they cause a result.
Distracted Driving and Car Accident Injury Claims
When someone is involved in a car accident, there is a high chance that they will suffer severe injuries that can land them with extensive medical bills, leave them out of work, or cost them a great deal in lost wages. As a result, when these damages are caused because of the negligence of a party that is considered liable then the person that has suffered these damages may be able to seek compensation through a car accident injury claim.
A car accident injury claim can hold a negligent party accountable for their actions by having them reach a settlement with the claimant that was unjustly harmed through their negligence. This settlement is reached through negotiations where leverage in the form of proof of the defendant parties negligence is used to determine an appropriate level of restitution, however, this process comes with its fair share of complexities
Hire a Distracted Driving Car Accident Attorney
It is within a claimant's best interest to consider enlisting the assistance of an experienced car accident injury attorney in order to help navigate the complexities of a car accident claim. Insurance companies may try to tell you that an attorney is not necessary and that you do not have to hire one to file a claim. This is partially true. There is no law or rule that states that you absolutely need to hire a car accident injury attorney to file a claim but foregoing the hiring of one is generally considered a poor choice. Even with the attorney’s fee taken into consideration, the value of a settlement attained with the assistance of an attorney is significantly greater than one attained without. Consider Dolman Law Group as your legal representation when pursuing compensation for car accident injuries. To set up a free consultation with our attorneys either call our office at (727) 222-6922 or fill out a contact form online.
What is Distracted Driving?
As stated before, most of us are familiar with distracted driving at least in regard to its more common example being texting while driving. Distracted driving is more than just the preoccupation with the task of sending a text message. Distracted driving encompasses a wide range of behaviors that take away a driver’s attention from the task of driving and as a result, endangers the driver and those they share the road with.
Distracted driving consists of three major forms of distraction:
Visual: Reduction of perception regarding the road, the vehicle’s status, as well as other vehicles sharing the road.
Manual: The preoccupation of one’s motor functions with another task which impairs a driver’s ability to safely drive their vehicle.
Cognitive: using the brain for other distracting tasks and reducing the amount of cognitive faculties devoted to the task of driving.
These three different categories of driving distractions can be a part of a number of behaviors that can be considered distracted driving. Any one behavior that affects even only one of these categories can be considered distracted driving although many forms of distracted driving will affect more than one.
The Consequences of Distracted Driving
When someone drives distracted they endanger not only themselves but also those that share the road with them. Driver distraction is considered to be among the most common contributing factors among car accidents across the country. Thousands of people die every year in car accidents caused by drivers that were distracted and even more end up with severe injuries. It is estimated that every day in the United States 9 people are killed and over 1,000 people are injured in car accidents that involve distracted drivers.
Common Examples of Distracted Driving
- Eating while driving
- Drinking while driving (non-alcoholic beverages)
- Smoking while driving
- Adjusting vehicle controls
- Adjusting seat position
- Reaching for objects
- Changing music or volume
- Any smartphone use including phone calls
- Putting on makeup
- Unruly children
- Adjusting or putting on clothing
Avoiding Driver Distractions
In order to help avoid these behaviors that cause driver distraction drivers and also passengers can take several steps to help ensure their commute is kept safe. Possibly the easiest thing to do to help reduce the chance of an accident being caused by distracted driving is to turn off the cellphone or at the very least put it on do not disturb or airplane mode. Another simple thing that can be done is to get used to pulling over to perform any of the aforementioned distracting behaviors.
Seek an Experienced Distracted Driver Car Accident Attorney
Suffering an injury at the hands of a distracted driver can rack up medical expenses, lost wages, and many other costs that deserve compensation. Consider Sibley Dolman as your legal representation in your pursuit of compensation with a car accident claim. Our lawyers have the experience needed to ensure that your case receives the best chance of success so that you can focus on recovery and getting your life back to normal.
If you were involved in a car accident, our lawyers at Sibley Dolman will investigate your case, and may help you obtain the compensation you need for damage done to your person and property. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Sibley Dolman attorney, please contact us at (727) 222-6922, contact us online, or visit us at one of our three office locations in Florida. We look forward to hearing from you and will vigorously advocate on your behalf for the compensation you deserve.
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