Americans are very busy people and often try to multitask to fit everything they need to get done into the day. Unfortunately, this often includes participating in distracting activities while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Especially with the rise in new technology and hand-held mobile devices, distracted driving has become an epidemic in the United States in recent years. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) has referred to distracted driving as a serious public health problem. This is because distracted drivers cause a significant amount of accidents every day. Some of these accidents in turn cause serious injuries to motorists. If you have been injured in an accident because another driver was negligently distracted, a Coweta County auto accident attorney can help you recover for your losses.
Distractions while driving are considered to be any activity that takes your mind or eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel. The most common driving distractions that cause accidents include the following:
- Texting, messaging, looking at the internet on a mobile device
- Programming a GPS device
- Talking on a cell phone (hand-held or hands-free)
- Listening to podcasts or audiobooks
- Reaching for anything in the backseat
- Checking on kids in the backseat
- Personal grooming
Though some of the above activities are seemingly innocuous or common, they can still be negligent and very dangerous. If a distracted driver causes an accident, they should be held responsible for their actions.
Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
Sometimes it is difficult to prove that a driver was distracted and therefore acting in a negligent manner behind the wheel. However, the auto accident lawyers at Shane Smith Law are knowledgeable and skilled, and they can help you demonstrate to a court that a driver acted negligently in causing the accident and your injuries. If you have suffered injuries, do not hesitate to call our office today at (980) 246-2656 to schedule a free consultation and discuss a possible case.