Car accidents happen for a number of reasons, including drunk driving, mechanical failure, and distracted driving. Many of us have been guilty of taking our eyes off the road for a split second or two, which is considered distracted driving. One of the most talked about and dangerous forms of distracted driving is texting and driving, but that is certainly not the only example. Continue reading to learn more about the serious risks associated with driving while distracted.
Distracted Driving Statistics
It takes only a few seconds to cause a collision that results in serious injuries, and in some cases, death. According to statistics, approximately 400,000 men, women, and children are injured in an accident caused by distracted driving each year. What’s more, over 3,000 of those accident victims do not survive. If you were injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, or if you loved one was killed as a result of another driver’s recklessness, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal rights and potential for financial recovery.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is the practice of driving a motor vehicle while engaged in another activity, typically one that involves the use of a cellular phone or other electronic device, such as texting and driving. Other examples of distracted driving include:
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers, such as a child in the backseat
- Applying make up
- Petting a dog
- Watching videos
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
This list is not exhaustive. Essentially, any activity that takes your focus away from driving is considered distracted driving
What To Do If You’ve Been Injured
If you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, California law is on your side. Accident victims are often able to recover significant financial compensation for their injuries and other losses. While some distracted driving cases are fairly straightforward, they can also become highly contested, particularly if the distracted driver claims that a distraction was unavoidable or alleges the victim was also distracted and partially contributed to causing a crash.
To ensure that you receive the financial compensation that your injuries deserve, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Ghozland Law Firm for a complimentary consultation today.