If you suffered injuries in an accident with a driver who was not paying attention, or you lost a loved one in such an event, you probably have a lot of questions about what rights you have to seek compensation for your losses. Distracted driving-related accidents are common. In fact, they occur daily in the state of Georgia and elsewhere across the country.
Hundreds of thousands of people suffer injuries in collisions caused by distracted drivers every year. Thousands more die in such incidents. Far too many people suffer losses due to the actions of those who fail to pay attention to the road as they drive.
The different types of distracted driving
There are three different types of distracted driving. All of them are equally dangerous. They are as follows:
- Manual: These distractions are anything that removes a driver's hands from the steering wheel -- such as texting, playing with in-vehicle electronics, reaching for objects and eating, among others.
- Cognitive: These distractions are anything to removes a driver's mind from the task at hand -- such as worrying about school, work or family matters, talking to passengers or on the phone, and listening to music or podcasts.
- Visual: These distractions are anything that takes a driver's eyes off the road -- such as staring at passing scenery, reading text messages, checking on children in the backseat and looking at GPS or other in-vehicle electronics.
All these distractions are avoidable. The problem is, most people have the "it won't happen to me," attitude. Distracted driving accidents happen in the blink of an eye. It only takes a second or two of not paying attention to destroy a person's life. Sadly, knowing this has not stopped people from doing everything under the sun when behind the wheel other than paying full attention to the road.
Distracted driving is negligent driving
For injured victims of car accidents, or the surviving family members of those who died, to seek relief, there is a need to establish that negligence contributed to their losses. Distracted driving is negligent driving. If you can prove that the driver responsible was not paying attention, you may be awarded maximum relief for any damages the state deems legally recoverable such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost income and compensation for pain and suffering, among others.