Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents across the country, with an estimated 3,000 people being killed in accidents involving distracted drivers. These accidents could be avoided if drivers did not subject themselves to distractions while behind the wheel. But what is distracted driving, and how does it cause auto accidents?
Defining Distracted Driving
In simple terms, distracted driving refers to any situation where a person is operating a motor vehicle while simultaneously doing something else. This encompasses any activity that either takes the driver’s hands off the wheel, deprives the driver of the ability to control the vehicle or draws the driver’s attention away from the road. While distracted driving is often conflated with texting and driving, distracted driving has been a problem long before cell phones existed.
Examples of Distracted Driving
Aside from texting, there are numerous activities that could cause distractions behind the wheel. These activities include, but are not limited to:
- Eating and drinking
- Brushing teeth or hair
- Shaving or putting on makeup
- Reading books or magazines
- Browsing websites or social media
- Attempting to pick items off the floor of the vehicle
- Changing the radio station
- Programming a GPS device
- Dealing with children or rowdy passengers
The Risks of Distracted Driving
When drivers allow themselves to become distracted, they become less able to react to road conditions. Distracted driving also increases the risks of having a motor vehicle collision. The fact that a driver’s attention is elsewhere means they may not notice things like someone walking into the road in front of them, or another vehicle suddenly stopping in front of them. This can cost people crucial time they need to slow down or maneuver out of the way, resulting in an otherwise avoidable collision.
What Happens if You Are in an Accident?
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident with a driver suspected of distracted driving, you should first seek immediate medical attention, even if you do not believe you have been injured. After that, you should contact a lawyer with experience handling personal injury cases, such as motor vehicle accidents. They can not only help you explore your legal options, but they can also help you get the best possible outcome for your case. The sooner you call, the sooner they can start working to get you the compensation you deserve.
The personal injury attorneys at Georgaklis & Mallas, PLLC are experienced in representing clients who have been seriously injured, and the surviving family members of those who have been fatally injured, as the result of serious accidents. The firm’s accomplished personal injury lawyers strive to secure full and fair compensation for their injured clients. With law offices conveniently located in Brooklyn and Manhattan, their personal injury lawyers can vigorously represent clients throughout the metropolitan area, including in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, Queens, and New Jersey. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, please call (718) 238-2400 or fill out our contact form.