The dire consequences of distracted driving

Frank S. Clowney III

Distracted driving causing many car accidents that can result in serious injuries for victims and in death. During 2019, distracted driving caused 3,142 deaths. Greater than 26,000 victims died in distracted driving-related car accidents from 2012 to 2019. Because of the serious consequences of distracted driving, victims should understand the legal protections that exist and can hep them.

What is distracted driving?

Distracted driving largely refers to any behavior while driving that diverts the driver’s attention from the roadway. This can include visual distractions that remove the driver’s eyes from the roadway; manual distractions that remove the driver’s hands from the wheel; and cognitive distractions that remove the driver’s attention and focus from driving. Examples of distraction driving range from cell phone use and texting to grooming, eating or reading while driving. It can also include operating a radio or navigation device while driving or sending an email while driving. While drivers commonly engage in these behaviors it makes them no less dangerous or risky.

How can personal injury legal protections help?

Distracted drivers can be liable for their actions which may be through a personal injury claim for damages which can help injured victims recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional injuries they have suffered because of the carelessness of a distracted driver. Victims can seek compensation for their damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages, from a negligent driver such as a distracted driver. Victims of distracted drivers can have their lives turned upside down in an instant which is why they should be familiar with personal injury legal resources that can protect them.