It’s become evident that mobile device use while driving is the single most prevalent distraction that causes drivers to have a crash. Arguably, texting while driving gets most of the press, but text messages are not the only distraction stemming from our addiction to our electronic gadgets.
Eyes, Hands and Focus
Anything that takes a driver’s eyes, hands or focus away from the task of driving is a significant distraction, and one that can lead to disaster. Smartphones and other handheld devices often take all three—and not only if you’re sending a text. Other types of device use can cause a crash.
- Reading email
- Checking social media accounts
- Searching contact lists or call history
- Dialing a number
- Use of GPS or interactive map applications
- Using the Internet
Any of these things can distract a driver for several seconds—more than enough time to cause an accident, or fail to avoid one. Drivers who injure others because they couldn’t resist the draw of their mobile device should be—and are—held legally liable for the damage they’ve caused.
If you’ve been injured in a crash because another driver allowed him or herself to be distracted, you may be entitled to cash compensation. Don’t be a victim twice; contact us today to speak with an experienced attorney about your case.