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How serious is distracted driving on the roadways?

Distracted driving is a serious concern on our roadways today. Distracted driving includes all behaviors that remove a driver's attention from the roadway which can, of course, be dangerous and present a danger to other motorists, passengers in other vehicles and pedestrians. In addition to removing the driver's focus from the roadway, distracted driving behaviors can also remove the driver's eyes from the roadway and hands from the wheel.

Distracted driving includes many behaviors associated with fiddling with electronic gadgets such as cell phones, texting, radios and navigation devices, as well as eating, grooming or interacting with passengers. Distracted driving can result in citations and can be used to demonstrate that a driver was a negligent driver if a car accident takes place. Specific laws vary by state, so it can be helpful to be familiar with distracted driving laws in your state and how they may impact a personal injury claim following a distracted driving-related car accident.

Distracted driving can result in serious car accidents, causing injuries and even death. Because distracted driving behaviors can cause serious car accidents, the legal process provides protections for victims and their families to recover compensation for the harm they have suffered in a distracted driving-related car accident. Victims may be able to recover damages for the physical, financial and emotional losses associated with being the victim of a distracted driver.

Like all car accidents, distracted driving accidents can cause pain and suffering which is why legal options are available to protect victims from damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and wrongful death damages depending on the circumstances. It is important for victims of negligent drivers, such as distracted drivers, to be familiar with the protections available to them.

Source: Traffic.findlaw.com, "Distracted Driving," Accessed May 9, 2016

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