Victims of distracted driving should understand their options

Distracted driving is a serious cause of accidents that can lead to harm suffered in car, truck and SUV accidents. Inattentive driving increases as cell phones, tablets and other distractions become increasingly common. A number of different types of distractions contribute to the problem of distracted driving. One study revealed that the use of a cell phone or other electronic device while driving increases the chances of an accident by three times.

Distracted driving can include visual, manual and cognitive distractions that remove a driver's attention from the roadway. Common distractions that can contribute to accidents or lead to accidents can include texting; talking on a cell phone; using the internet; using the radio; using a GPS or other navigation device; using a map; eating or drinking; grooming; or focusing on children or other passengers.

While there are many forms of distracted driving, using an electronic device such as a cell phone while driving is considered the most dangerous because it combines all three categories of distraction, including visual, manual and cognitive all at once, removing the driver's focus from the roadway. Victims of distracted-driving related car accidents can suffer a number of physical, financial and emotional damages commonly associated with car accidents.

When a distracted driver has negligently caused a car accident, that driver may be responsible to compensate victims for the harm they have suffered, including compensation through their insurance company or otherwise. It is important for car accident victims to fully understand the process of making a claim when they have been harmed by the actions of a distracted driver.

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