Distracted driving has existed long before cell phones and tablets, when adjusting the radio, eating, or putting on makeup while driving was all you had to worry about. Now, drivers are using cell phones while driving, despite California’s adamant warnings against texting and driving. Here’s what you need to know about distracted driving accidents, and what to do if you or a loved one were involved in such an accident.
How Many Distracted Driving Accidents Are There Annually?
The number of distracted driving accidents in the United States continues to rise instead of decline. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were 3,154 deaths that can be attributed to distracted driving in 2013 alone.
What Forms of Distractions Are There?
Distracted driving can take many forms, although the most common way is through the use of cell phones. Other ways drivers can be distracted include eating, adjusting the radio or temperature controls in the car, picking something up off the floor of the car, or even simply paying attention to attractions on the side of the road.
Is Distraction Negligence?
Distracted driving is not always considered negligence. For example, in a case where a driver was distracted by loud children in the car, this may not necessarily be considered negligence from a legal standpoint. However, in cases where the driver is choosing to pay attention to something other than operating the vehicle — such as when using a cell phone or putting on makeup while driving — this may be considered negligence or carelessness.
Can Victims of Distracted Driving Accidents Get Compensation?
Car accidents of any kind are costly, especially when there are serious injuries or fatalities. Victims of distracted driving accidents may obtain compensation for the damages related to the accident if there is compelling evidence that the driver who caused the accident was distracted at the time of the accident. In cases of texting and driving, the driver’s social media accounts may be examined, or their call and text history may be compared to the time that the accident occurred.
Contacting a Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident and you suspect that distracted driving may be the cause, it is critical that you reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Office of Carl L. Brown, we know how devastating a car accident can be, and how unfair it seems when you or your family members have been injured as a result of someone else’s carelessness.
We can help you seek the maximum amount of compensation available in your case. Contact us today to discuss your case with a seasoned car accident attorney by calling (559) 431-4400.