Distracted driving creates a risk to other drivers on the roadway. Distracted driving is not a new phenomenon but technology is leading to proliferation of potential distractions drivers can engage in which create hazards on the roadway. When a distracted driver causes a car accident, it is the victims that may be left putting their lives back together afterwards.
Distracted driving behavior may involve technology or may not. Distracted driving behaviors include talking on a cell phone; texting while driving; operating a navigation device while driving; operating a radio or other music device while driving; talking to passengers while driving; engaging with children or pets while driving; eating while driving; personal grooming while driving; reading while driving; or reaching for items in the vehicle while driving.
In reality, any activity that removes the driver's focus, attention or eyes and hands from the task of driving can be dangerous. Distracted driving-related car accidents can result in serious harm to victims and their families. Victims may suffer serious injuries or worse and may need to seek help with the medical expenses they incur, the lost wages they are missing as they are unable to work and the emotional stress of a car accident.
Car accident victims can utilize the personal injury claims process to recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages caused by a distracted driver in a distracted driving-related car accident. It is important for victims to understand how to hold distracted drivers accountable and seek the help they need.