This blog recently discussed that distracted driving claims lives and is a danger on our roadways. Distracted driving can result in serious harm to victims and their families which is why personal injury protections are available to protect victims from this known danger.

Unfortunately, distracted driving-related car accidents can lead to severe injuries and fatalities which can unexpectedly change the lives of victims and their families in an instant. Injuries that can result from a distracted driving accident can include serious brain and spine injuries, including traumatic brain injuries; soft tissue injuries which can worsen over time; and paralysis injuries in addition to broken bones and other types of harm that may be suffered in a distracted driving-related car accident.

Distracted driving is a serious problem. The Department of Transportation reports that distracted driving is one of the leading causes of injuries and deaths in motor vehicle accidents. Distracted driving, broadly, is any activity while driving that removes the driver’s attention or focus from the roadway, eyes from the roadway or hands from the wheel. It is commonly attributed to cell phone use and texting while driving, however, it can include a variety of behaviors ranging from fiddling with a radio or navigation device while driving; reading while driving; grooming while driving; eating while driving; and other behaviors as well.

Texting while driving is considered the most dangerous form of distracted driving because it combines all three types of distraction, including manual, visual and cognitive which is why distracted driving behaviors may be considered evidence of negligence if a personal injury claim for damages is brought against a distracted driver. The personal injury legal process can help victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional injuries and hold a negligent driver accountable in the process.