We have all likely heard discussions concerning the dangers of distracted driving on the television news or at the water cooler at work. According to research, using electronic devices, such as cell phones, while driving increases the chance of a car accident by three times. There are a variety of different types of distracted driving which can include physical, visual and mental distractions while driving.
Distractions drivers may engage in while driving can include texting while driving; talking on a cell phone while driving; using the internet while driving; operating a GPS or navigation device while driving; operating the radio while driving; eating, drinking or grooming while driving; or focusing on passengers while driving rather than the task at hand.
Unfortunately, distracted driving behaviors can lead to serious car accidents, injuries and death. Victims of car accidents may unexpectedly encounter challenges they never thought they would face. In addition, family members of victims may also endure unexpected challenges following the loss of a loved one in a car accident.
When a victim has been harmed by an inattentive driver, the personal injury claims process is available to help. Victims may receive damages for the physical, financial and emotional harm they suffered because of the negligence of a distracted driver. Family members may also be able to recover damages for the financial harm they have suffered, as well as for the pain and suffering that follows the untimely loss of a loved one in a car accident. It is important that victims of distracted driving are familiar with the legal resources and remedies available to protect them when harmed.