One of the most easily preventable causes of a car accident is distracted driving. Driving while distracted is almost always pure negligence and resulting accidents needn’t have happened. Distracted driving takes many forms, although the most well-known is texting and driving. Here’s what you need to know about distracted driving and its role in devastating car accidents.
Distracted Driving Defined
Any time you are not 100% focused on driving, you are driving distracted. Naturally, people drive distracted every day and not every instance results in a collision. However, the ones that do can cause serious injuries and even death.
Types of Distracted Driving
Other than texting and driving, distracted driving can include but is not limited to:
- Talking to passengers in the car in a way that prevents full focus on driving (such as turning your head and looking while talking to a passenger in the vehicle)
- Eating and driving at the same time
- Changing the radio station or selecting a new song on a media device
- Adjusting the heating or cooling controls and looking away from the road while driving to do so
- Putting on makeup while driving
What to Do If You’re In an Accident You Believe Was Caused by Distracted Driving
If you or someone you love was in an accident that may have been caused by distracted driving, consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to explore your legal options. You may need compensation for medical bills and lost wages, and if it can be proven that the collision was the other driver’s fault and the other driver was indeed negligent, you may be able to recover financial restitution through a car accident lawsuit.
Contact the Law Offices of Zink & Lenzi Today
When you’ve been in a car accident, your life can be turned upside down. If your injuries were especially severe, life may never be the same again. You may be unable to work for a short period of time, or you may be permanently disabled. At the Law Offices of Zink & Lenzi, we can help you recover the compensation you deserve for damages suffered by an accident caused by a distracted driver. You don’t have to let another driver get away with negligence — call us today for a consultation at 530-895-1234.