Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents across the country, and the number of drivers who admit to using their phones while behind the wheel is staggering. However, there is more to distracted driving than only talking or texting while in control of a vehicle.
There are a number of behaviors that could be classified as distracted driving. Even if there was no cell phone use involved in your accident, you may still have grounds to seek compensation for your pain and suffering. By consulting with an experienced California lawyer, you can know if you should proceed with a civil claim.
What are the types of distracted driving?
Distracting driving is often associated with texting and driving. While this is certainly a common type of distraction, there are other behaviors that may be just as dangerous or even more so. If you believe that your accident was caused by a distracted driver, it was caused by a behavior that falls under one of the following categories:
- Visual distraction: This is any behavior that takes a person’s eyes off the task at hand. This can include cell phone use, but also includes actions such as putting on makeup, adjusting the radio, eating, etc.
- Manual distraction: This is the physical act of removing one’s hand from the wheel for any reason. This happens when adjusting a GPS, getting something out of a bag, helping a child in the car and much more.
- Cognitive distraction: This is any time a driver is not paying attention to the road because his or her mind is somewhere else. Even listening to the radio or talking with another person in the car could lead to cognitive distraction.
Any time a driver is distracted while behind the wheel and it results in a car accident, he or she could be held accountable for the damages caused.
How do you know if you have a valid claim?
It can be difficult to know exactly what caused your car accident, and you may believe that there is not sufficient evidence to validate a civil claim. An experienced California lawyer can determine if visual, manual or cognitive distraction played a role and work to build a strong claim by gathering pertinent evidence. Do not let a presumed lack of evidence or assumptions about distracted driving keep you from seeking the full and fair recovery that you deserve.