Legal Options if Hurt by a Distracted Driver
Car accidents are a frequent sight across the U.S., and Ohio roads are no different. Every few minutes, an individual driver hits an obstacle or two or more cars collide. If you are in a car accident with a distracted driver, you could recover compensation. Contact our attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick today.
Distracted Driving Accidents
Sometimes, it’s a small fender bender that’s easily taken care of with insurance. Other times, the crash and its consequences are far greater, leaving people injured or dead.
Many of these accidents, big or small, are caused by distracted drivers. According to Distraction.gov, the official U.S. government website for this issue, thousands of people are killed and hundreds of thousands are hurt every year due to inattentive drivers – and the numbers are going up.
When we think of distracted drivers, we often think of people texting or using their phones, but it’s much more than that. Common activities like drinking coffee or chatting with a car full of friends can cause drivers to be preoccupied.
For those who are hurt in an accident, seeking necessary medical attention and being unable to work can put a significant financial strain on themselves and their families. If they can’t recover what they need through insurance, they may have to file a lawsuit.
If you were hurt because someone wasn’t paying attention to the road and their driving, the consequences shouldn’t be on your shoulders alone. An experienced Ohio personal injury attorney can help you recover from an accident caused by a distracted driver, whether through helping you with insurance claims or suing the party at fault.
What is Distracted Driving?
Almost everyone multitasks while they drive, so many people question the level of activity it tasks to truly distract someone from driving. The truth is it doesn’t take much. Any time drivers take their eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel, or let their minds wander away from the task at hand, they’re distracted. Safe driving takes visual, manual, and cognitive attention.
If you’re turning around to yell at your kids in the back seat, digging around for a CD or your iPod, or trying to make a to-do list in your head while driving on auto pilot, you’re distracted.
People often take for granted how much attention the task of driving requires and believe that after years of practice, they can do more than one thing at once. However, it’s this attitude that leads to distracted driving, and inattentive drivers cause accidents.
Cellphones and Distracted Driving
There’s no doubt that the rise in mobile phone use has contributed to distracted driving. Cellphones aren’t for calling friends and family anymore. Now, they can be used to text, receive directions, check email, watch videos, and more. All of these features mean there are numerous notifications going off at any given time and an endless temptation to check these alerts while people drive.
Using a phone while driving means people take a hand off the wheel and – even though they seem like brief glances – take their eyes off the road. Reading a notification or text and choosing to respond takes people’s minds away from driving and has them focused on their phones.
Many people argue voice activation and headsets make talking and texting while driving much safer, but this isn’t always true. If a driver is paying more attention to the conversation than driving, he or she could still be too preoccupied to avoid a collision.
Teens and Distracted Driving
Recent research has shown distraction plays a significant role in teen crashes – more than authorities previously thought. Teenagers are particularly susceptible to the desire to text and drive. However, it isn’t just mobile phones taking teens’ eyes off the roads. Interacting with passengers often leads to crashes as teens are more attentive to their friends than driving. Looking for something inside the car, looking at something outside the car, and singing and dancing are also common causes of dangerous inattention.
Teenagers are used to being on their phones all of the time, but when mixed with their inexperience behind the wheel, cell phone use and driving can be deadly.
Call an Ohio Car Accident Attorney
If you were hurt by a distracted driver, your best course of action may be to head to court. Considering your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, disability or disfigurement, and other financial and emotional injuries, recovering from the negligent party may be what helps you get back on your feet.
An experienced Ohio personal injury attorney can help you determine if a lawsuit is your best course of action, and if it is, will do his or her best to maximize your recovery. The Ohio car accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick are here to help. Call today at 1-800-HURT-NOW or use the online form to schedule a free consultation.