Unfortunately, there are a variety of different types of driver inattention that can contribute to car accidents. Texting while driving, cell phone use and other forms of distracted driving can lead to serious car accidents with serious consequences for victims. Fortunately, personal injury legal resources are available to help guide car accident victims through the recovery process and help with their damages.
Distracted driving includes many behaviors drivers engage in every day. These behaviors can include listening to a radio while driving, using a navigation device while driving, eating while driving, caring for children while driving and even engaging in conversations while driving. In addition, cell phone use and texting while driving are major forms of driver distraction on the roadways today. Texting while driving is considered the most serious form of distracted driving because it combines all three types of driver distraction including visual, manual and cognitive.
Greater than 200 million Americans use cell phones and when they are used behind the wheel, their use can result in serious car accidents that can gravely injure victims. Car accident victims can suffer injuries ranging from broken bones to catastrophic traumatic brain injuries. Distracted driving can be evidence of negligence and a personal injury claim for damages can be brought in many cases against a negligent driver responsible for causing a car accident.
A personal injury claim for damages can help victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and other harm. Victims who have been injured by a distracted driver need to be aware of the legal protections available to them when injured.