When a driver is behind the wheel, his or her main priority should be to solely focus on the task at hand. Driving safely requires the person operating the vehicle to have eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and a focused mind. When there is a distraction, it can take a driver’s focus, leading to a significantly higher chance of a motor vehicle accident. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents in North Carolina.
Distraction comes in many different forms, and they all affect drivers in different ways. Regardless of the type of distraction one is experiencing, each person is responsible for the choices he or she makes while behind the wheel. If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by distracted driving, you have options that may allow you to pursue damages and reasonable compensation for your pain and suffering.
Distractions inside the vehicle
There are plenty of distractions inside a vehicle. Many vehicles now come with infotainment systems, interactive screens and other features that can take a driver’s attention. Of course, cell phones inside a car are some of the primary sources of distraction. Talking with passengers, eating, drinking or adjusting the radio can also be dangerously distracting. Even a moment of distraction can increase the chance that a collision will take place. Phone use is especially distracting as it can affect a driver visually, manually and cognitively at the same time.
Distractions outside the vehicle
There are also plenty of things outside of a vehicle that may prove distracting for a driver. Looking at a billboard, road construction and other things of interest can take a driver’s focus. Drivers are accountable for their actions that cause harm to others, but many believe they can safely multitask while driving.
What are your rights as a victim?
Victims of distracted driving have rights and legal options. If you believe you are the victim of the negligent or reckless actions of someone else, you are entitled to seek compensation through a civil claim. The civil justice system provides you an opportunity to recoup your losses, hold liable parties accountable and secure what you need to pick up the pieces and move forward. You may benefit from learning more about how the claims process works and what you can expect.