Distracted driving occurs when a driver does some other activity that causes them to divide attention between that activity and the primary task of driving. These distractions come in three main categories, which are:
- Cognitive: anything that takes a driver’s mental focus off of driving can be considered a cognitive distraction
- Manual: using your hands to engage something other than driving can be considered a manual distraction
- Visual: when a driver is looking at something other than the road they may be visually distracted from driving
One of the main reasons that distracted driving is on the rise is due to the proliferation of portable technology such as cell phones and tablet computing. In addition, because these devices are increasingly operated with touch screens, they present a risk of distracting drivers cognitively, visually, and manually. If you have been injured in a car accident involving a distracted driver, you may be able to recover for your injuries through a Indiana personal injury lawsuit. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are here to help people injured through the negligence of others recover. We are committed to pursuing the highest possible award or settlement for each client we represent.
The good news is that there are clear steps that drivers can take to avoid engaging in distracted driving. The less distracted you are the better you will be able to avoid other potentially distracted drivers. Some of the ways that a driver can avoid engaging in distracted driving include:
- Turning off cell phones and other electronic devices
- Eating before driving, or pulling over or eating in restaurants
- Pulling over to check GPS devices and maps
- Using proper restraints for pets and children
Distracted driving significantly increases a person’s risk of being involved in an accident. Making sure that your vehicle is free from distractions is the first step in avoiding distracted driving.
Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you have been injured in a car accident, you should contact an experienced Fayette County car accident attorney. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping Georgians injured in car accidents recover from the responsible party or parties. After being involved in a car accident, you should record any information you can remember about the accident, and make sure to obtain contact information from any witnesses to the accident. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, contact us today at (770) 487-8999.