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Common Driver Distractions that Cause Accidents

Distracted driving is a significant problem in the United States and is the cause of a significant number of accidents each year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that more than 1,600 people each year are injured in accidents involving distracted driving. As a result, many states have passed legislation limiting drivers’ use of certain devices such as cell phones and other personal electronics. Unfortunately, distracted driving continues to occur, sometimes with catastrophic consequences. Anyone who suspects that they have been injured by a distracted driver should be certain to consult with one of the experienced personal injury attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith as soon as possible.

 

What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving occurs whenever a driver engages in an activity that takes the driver’s attention away from driving, even partially. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) places driver distractions into three broad categories, which are as follows:

  • Cognitive -  thinking about something other than driving
  • Manual – taking your hands off the wheel
  • Visual – taking your eyes off the road

 

There are many types of activities that can constitute distracted driving. Some of the most common include:

  • Eating
  • Texting
  • Talking on the phone
  • Grooming
  • Applying makeup
  • Using a GPS device
  • Observing scenery
  • Talking to a passenger
  • Looking for objects in the vehicle
  • Reading

 

There are many other activities that could potentially distract a driver, and an experienced attorney will be able to review your case and determine whether there is any evidence of driver distraction. It is important for victims of distracted drivers to understand that there is a limited amount of time in which a person can file a claim, so any delay could put at risk your ability to recover.

Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia