Distracted driving is not an uncommon or new problem but technology is increasing the problem and making it worse. Unfortunately, distracted drivers can cause serious harm and damages to victims of distracted driving-related car accidents. Distracted driving can include more common behaviors drivers may not think of as distracted driving but can also include behaviors like texting which is considered the most dangerous form of distracted driving because it removes the driver's eyes, hands and focus from the roadway.
Common and dangerous distracted driving behaviors include texting while driving, talking on a cell phone while driving, operating a navigation system or audio system while driving, talking to passengers while driving, eating while driving, performing personal grooming while driving, reading while driving, reaching for an item somewhere in the vehicle while driving and attending to pets or children while driving.
Distracted driving-related car accidents can injure victims and may not only result in catastrophic injuries to victims but also in death. When victims and families have been injured by a distracted driver, they may be able to recover compensation for damages through a personal injury claim for the harm they have suffered. Victims may be able to recover compensation for physical, financial and emotional damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.
Distracted driving is a form of negligent driving that may create liability for a distracted driver to injured victims and those that have suffered harm because of their dangerous choices and carelessness. It is important for victims to be familiar with the resources available to help them when injured in a distracted driving-related car accident.