Distracted driving is becoming a concerningly common issue. Every year, there are new cases of people injured due to driving while distracted on the road. While you are not able to control what other drivers on the road do, it is important to prepare how to handle the fallout from these situations.
It is imperative to know the laws against distracted driving and the steps necessary to protect yourself after an accident, which may involve seeking compensation for your injuries.
Causes of distracted driving
Keeping your eyes on the road at all times is of the utmost importance for safe driving. There are many factors that may contribute to a person’s distracted driving. Often people focus on other tasks, whether talking with a passenger or through a cell phone, eating or changing a radio station. Texting while driving is another extremely dangerous practice that may be the cause of distraction.
Number of accidents per year
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,166 deaths in 2017 due to distracted driving. Just sending or reading one text may cause a person to take eyes off the road for a minimum of five seconds, if not more. This has the potential to lead to significant injuries, or death, each year.
Laws against distracted driving
States are implementing laws to decrease the chances of distracted drivers on the road. Oklahoma was the 46th state to ban texting while driving for all drivers, and they do not allow public transit drivers, school bus drivers or those with learner’s permits to drive with hand-held devices.
What to do if you were a victim
In Oklahoma, distracted drivers are responsible for any damages they cause in an accident. It is important to act promptly to ensure the right party holds accountability for any hardships caused. The following are three key steps to support your case:
- If you received medical attention, obtain a copy of medical records
- Get written statements from any witnesses
- Get a copy of the police report
Distracted driving is a significant issue, and following these steps may be beneficial in ensuring a fair outcome for the innocent parties involved.