Distracted driving accidents happen when a driver’s attention isn’t on the road. Unfortunately, these accidents are very common—even though they’re preventable. If you were the victim of an accident caused by distracted driving, you might be able to file a case against the responsible driver.
Distracted driving caused 2,841 deaths in 2018, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Even if an accident isn’t deadly, victims can suffer life-changing injuries and more. If you or a loved one were injured, you can hold the driver liable.
John Foy & Associates can help. We’ve been working with injury victims for over 20 years, getting them the compensation they deserve. To learn more during a free consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Distracted Driving Is Illegal and Dangerous
Distracted driving is a form of negligence, which is what a car accident claim centers around. Negligence is a lack of care towards others. When someone drives while distracted, they put others in potential danger.
Each area has its own distracted driving-related laws. In Georgia, there is a hands-free law that started in July 2018. According to this law, drivers cannot do the following while driving:
- Have a phone in their hand or touching any body part while talking on it
- Write, read, or send texts, emails, social media messages, or other data (even with hands-free technology)
- Watch videos (except GPS videos)
- Record video on phones or other electronic devices
- Touch their phones to change a music streaming app
Drivers can listen to music, but they must set up the music to play before driving. Voice to text services are also allowed for sending or writing messages.
If you’re not sure about the laws in your area, contact a distracted driving accident lawyer. Individual cities or counties might have additional regulations. But, no matter what, a driver can be liable if their distracted driving causes your accident.
Types of Distracted Driving
There are so many distractions in our modern world. There are three main categories of driving-related distractions that people must avoid.
1. Manual Distractions
Manual distractions remove a driver’s hands from the wheel. Texting is an especially common type of manual distraction. Other manual distractions include:
- Putting on makeup
- Changing the radio or streaming music
- Talking on the phone
- Eating or drinking
- Picking someone up off the floor
2. Visual Distractions
Visual distractions remove a driver’s eyes from the road. Examples can include:
- Reading an email or text message
- Looking at any electronic device
- Turning to look at a passenger
- Checking your reflection in a mirror
- Watching a pulled over car or accident
Manual distractions can also turn into visual distractions. Many times, they happen at the same time.
3. Mental Distractions
Taking your mind off of the road for too long is also a dangerous distraction. A mental or cognitive distraction might be:
- Thinking about a phone call or text conversation
- Getting lost in your thoughts
- Focusing on a life situation not related to driving
Texting while driving combines all three types of distracted driving. This makes it one of the most deadly types. But any form of distracted driving puts everyone on the road at risk.
Driving While Distracted Is Preventable
Not only is distracted driving hazardous, but it’s also very preventable. Drivers can avoid distracted driving by being careful at all moments. Drivers should keep their manual, visual, and mental attention on the road at all times.
If a driver gives into distraction, it’s a form of negligence. So, if that driver causes your accident, you can hold them responsible. The best way to do this is by filing a personal injury claim.
If you suffered injuries in a distracted driving accident, you may deserve compensation for your costs. Learn your recovery options by talking to an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. To discuss your accident during a free consultation, call John Foy & Associates at (404) 400-4000.
Tips for Preventing Distracted Driving Accidents
Distractions are everywhere, especially with today’s technology. Just one moment of distraction can be incredibly dangerous, even deadly. That’s why drivers should be careful to avoid distracting situations.
Here are some tips for avoiding distractions while driving:
- Don’t eat in your car unless you’re parked and off the road.
- Do all personal grooming, such as putting on makeup, before driving.
- Set up your music or GPS before starting your journey. If you need to change something, get help from a passenger or wait until you’re parked.
- Avoid using your cell phone at all while driving. That call or text can wait until you’re off the road.
- If you feel a distraction is too great, pull over and handle it before you keep driving.
Sadly, some drivers won’t follow the rules when it comes to distracted driving. If you’ve become the victim of a distracted driver, you shouldn’t have to pay for the costs. You can seek compensation through a personal injury claim.
An injury claim can help you recover money for your costs like:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Vehicle repairs
- Pain and suffering
Reach out to a lawyer today about your financial recovery options. Wait to speak with them before accepting anything from the insurance company.
Your lawyer can help calculate your total damages and build a strong case. If you get a too-low settlement offer, they’ll work to negotiate for a settlement that actually covers your costs.
Get Help from a Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer Today
John Foy & Associates has been helping accident victims for over 20 years. We are not afraid to “strong-arm” the insurance companies for what you deserve. We also don’t charge you a fee unless we win you money.
Working with us is risk-free for our clients. We only get paid if you do, and the consultation is always free. Even if you don’t hire us, we’ll discuss your case and your best legal options.
To get your free consultation today, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call.