Distracted driving is a significant danger to others on the road. It only takes a moment of distraction behind the wheel to cause a severe accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), eight people in the United States are killed every day in crashes involving a distracted driver.
If you or someone you loved has been injured in a wreck, reach out to a North Carolina car accident lawyer to see what role distracted driving may have played. You may have a potential claim against at-fault parties, which would allow you to recover your losses if successful.
Anything that takes your attention away from driving is a distraction. Different types of distractions impact drivers in different ways. Some of the most common categories of driving distractions include:
Visual distractions are anything that takes your eyes off the road. Common examples behind the wheel include cell phones, passengers, and accidents or incidents on the side of the road. If a driver’s eyes are not on the road, they will not process what is happening around them as quickly as they may need to.
Manual distractions take drivers’ hands away from the wheel. Texting, eating, and reaching for something that has fallen to the floor are common examples. Keeping two hands on the wheel at all times is essential to ensure you maintain complete control over your vehicle.
Cognitive distractions are those that take a driver’s mind away from the task of driving. Daydreaming is the most common example. Drivers sometimes have long commutes. As a result, they may zone out while operating their vehicle and fail to notice they are drifting into another lane or not realize how close they have gotten to the car in front of them.
Drivers who are not focused on the road behind the wheel are often participating in similar activities. The most common examples of distracted driving include the following:
While those are the most common examples of distracted driving, they are not the only types of actions contributing to negligent driving accidents. Other distractions while driving include smoking, daydreaming, rubbernecking, and using a GPS or smartphone. Experiencing a highly emotional state can also prevent a driver from devoting their full attention to the road, illustrating the importance of focusing entirely on the task of driving at hand.
An accident can occur when a driver is not paying attention to their vehicle, road, or car. When a crash involves multiple vehicles, the consequence can be severe — or even deadly. Many car accident victims we see are dealing with the following issues after a wreck:
You shouldn’t have to suffer from an accident someone else caused. If you are recovering from a crash related to distracted driving, our attorneys are prepared to help you file a claim to seek compensation for your losses.
While anyone can find themselves driving distracted, young adult and teen drivers are most at risk. According to the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance system, drivers aged 15 to 19 are more likely to be distracted than drivers of any other age group. Nine percent of all teens who died in motor vehicle crashes were killed in accidents involving distracted driving.
To reduce distracted driving crashes and encourage teens to drive safely, parents should talk to their teens about the rules and responsibilities involved in driving. They must understand the severity of their actions and what could happen if they stop focusing on the road and their vehicle for even a second.
Many states have also enacted distracted driving laws. In North Carolina, drivers under 18 are prohibited from talking on a cellphone while driving. Texting while driving is illegal for all drivers in North Carolina. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) also recommends drivers avoid eating while driving, program music devices before leaving, and designate front-seat passengers as a “co-pilot” to avoid handling navigation systems.
At Auger Law, our attorneys understand just how devastating a car accident can be for any family. If you have been injured in a crash and are now dealing with medical expenses, lost wages from time off work, pain and suffering, or other ramifications resulting from the wreck, we are here to help. Our attorneys are well-versed in car accidents and related laws in North Carolina, and we are prepared to uphold your rights.
Schedule a free, no-obligation with a North Carolina car accident lawyer today when you call 800-559-5741 or contact us online.