According to the official United States Government website on distracted driving, over 400,000 people were injured in accidents involving a distracted driver in 2012 alone. Modern technology has given drivers a wide variety of potential distractions, such as smart phones, infotainment systems, GPS devices, and intricate dashboard displays. To combat these distractions, many states have enacted legislation regulating the use of cell phones and other devices while driving. Unfortunately, accidents continue to happen in spite of these regulations, sometimes with disastrous consequences. Distracted driving is negligent, and people who negligently cause injury to others should be held accountable for their actions. It is important for people who have been injured by a distracted driver to be certain to consult with a Fayette County personal injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure that their rights are protected.
Driver distraction falls into three main categories: manual, visual, and cognitive. Some types of distractions, such as texting, fall into all three categories, making them particularly dangerous. Some of the more common driver distractions that can result in accidents include the following:
These are just some of the ways in which a driver may become distracted, and it is important to determine what the other driver was doing at the time the accident occurred. An attorney with experience handling car accident cases will know where to look to uncover evidence of distraction.
After an accident with a distracted driver, it is important for victims to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Undergoing a thorough medical evaluation conducted by a professional will ensure that your injuries are properly identified and documented, which can be extremely important in establishing causation and damages.
Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. In order to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced Fayette County personal injury attorneys, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.