Eating and Drinking
Any action which requires you to take one or both of your hands off the wheel qualifies as distracted driving. Those who eat or drink behind the wheel are more likely to cause an accident. Driving with one hand while eating gives you less control of your vehicle and makes it more difficult to react quickly and avoid accidents.
If you’re focused on eating, you’re by nature not fully focused on the road in front of you - which puts you and all other motorists in danger. Furthermore, a spill will make you even more distracted and increase the likelihood of losing control of your vehicle.
Various grooming practices also qualify as distracted driving. Examples include applying eyeliner or combing hair. Like the previously mentioned examples, grooming behind the wheel siphons your attention away from the road and greatly increases the risk of causing an accident.
Many drivers have a bad habit of looking down at their GPS navigation while driving. This is just as dangerous as texting or using social media. While you may only be glancing away from the road for a few seconds, this is all it takes to cause a serious accident.
Justice for Victims
Distracted drivers account for roughly 1 in 4 car accidents in America today - or approximately 1.6 million accidents per year. In 2014, distracted drivers accounted for over 3,000 deaths and 430,000 injuries in car accidents. This is the greatest tragedy of distracted drivers - their poor judgment endangers every motorist they come across.
The victims of distracted drivers deserve to move on with their lives as soon possible. However, those who have endured an accident caused by a distracted driver may face several hardships, including:
For many people, their physical and emotional trauma extends far beyond the accident itself. Many victims suffer serious long term injuries as a result of the negligence of distracted drivers. Treatment for these injuries is often financially unsustainable without further compensation.
Car accident injuries may also affect the victim’s career. Those who have been seriously injured may be unable to return to work for an extended period, and some may have to even make a career change because of a permanent disability acquired during the crash.
Quality of Life
Victims who have been permanently injured in an accident may never return to their former quality of life. They may not be able to return to the workplace or engage in recreational activities they previously enjoyed.
The families of accident victims will likely grieve in one form or another for the rest of their lives. While there is no way to heal this emotional pain, financial compensation can help reduce the stress of paying for the deceased’s medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, and the loss of material support for family and surviving children.
If you’ve recently been in an accident with a distracted driver and have consequently suffered from any of these tribulations, you may have a case for a lawsuit. With the complicated nature of PA insurance laws, you may not be sure if your situation qualifies. We recommend gathering as many relevant documents as you can find, including medical records and your insurance policy documents, before contacting a lawyer. This way, your attorney will have the information he or she needs to begin building your case.