It is no mystery anymore that allowing other activities to distract you behind the wheel of a motor vehicle is dangerous. Nevertheless, drivers persist in allowing their devices to divert their attention from the critical business of watching for others on the road. If you are recovering from injuries you suffered in an accident with a distracted driver, you know the pain and frustration that often result from this kind of selfish behavior.
May I have your attention, please?
A distraction can be anything that takes your eyes or attention from the job of driving. These days, the car itself can provide enough distraction without needing other devices. Each new vehicle model seems to have a new gadget. Ironically, some are there to improve your safety, but the time it takes to initiate or adjust them may be just enough time to drive into danger. For example, your car probably has the following:
- Navigation programming
- Entertainment system
- Side and rear cameras
- Hands-free communication
Even if you have an older model with fewer bells and whistles, and you leave your phone in your pocket, you are still vulnerable to distraction from various sources. Eating is one of the most common activities people do while driving. Holding greasy foods or hot liquids may double your chances of being in an accident.
Cellphones in the driver’s seat
Of course, study after study shows that texting or using your phone while driving is the most dangerous behavior you can do behind the wheel. Some believe strongly in their ability to multi-task, and the more often they text and drive successfully, the more likely they are to repeat the behavior. The distracted person who was responsible for your accident likely texted regularly behind the wheel.
Dialing a cellphone, typing and sending a text, or reading an incoming text message all remove your attention from the traffic and sometimes take your hands from the wheel at the same time. Dialing a phone while driving almost triples your chances of being in an accident.
Reclaiming your life
On top of medical bills, expensive medications and time off work, you may be wondering how you are going to make ends meet. You may find answers to your questions by consulting an attorney who will explain the options you have for seeking compensation.
If you choose to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the person considered responsible for your accident, you will want an experienced and determined lawyer to represent your case. By seeking compensation for your pain and suffering, you will be more likely to obtain the highest quality care for a more complete recovery.