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Is a distracted driver to blame for your car accident?

Distracted driving is a serious problem on California roads, and rampant cell phone use among drivers has led to an increase of accidents and injuries. There is no excuse for distracted driving, and it is possible to hold these drivers accountable for their negligent and reckless behavior.

If you know or suspect that distracted driving caused your accident and resulting injuries, you would be wise to seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney. It is possible that you have grounds to seek financial compensation and recovery through a civil claim.

Types of distraction and the dangers of distracted driving

The definition of distracted driving is any activity or situation that takes a driver’s attention from the task of driving. There are three different types of distraction, and they all impact drivers in different ways:

  • Cognitive distraction: This type of distraction affects mental concentration and the ability to focus. It occurs when a driver is worried or preoccupied with things other than driving.
  • Visual distraction: Visual distraction is anything that causes a driver to avert his or her eyes from the road. A driver looking at a phone or even at a passenger is the car is visually distracted.
  • Manual distraction: Manual distraction occurs when a driver takes one or both hands off of the steering wheel for any reason.

Any type of distraction is dangerous, and it often involves the use of a phone in some capacity. Texting is particularly dangerous because it involves all three types of distraction. Other common behaviors that cause distracted driving include:

  • Eating
  • Personal grooming
  • Talking with passengers
  • Adjusting the radio or GPS system
  • Multitasking while in control of a vehicle

When driving, safety should be the only priority of the driver. Any person who caused the injury or death of another individual because of distracted driving can he held to account for his or her actions.

You have the right to a full and fair recovery

There is no excuse for this behavior, but you do not have to face the aftermath alone. If you were hurt in an accident caused by a distracted driver, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you secure the full and fair recovery that you deserve. A case evaluation will determine what legal options are available to you.