Car accidents, no matter the circumstances, are always going to be frustrating for the people involved. They will always leave people feeling upset, and in many cases the victims of the accident will suffer terrible injuries. Now if you get into the specifics of the wreck, there can be some truly angering details that leave the people involved questioning everything. A driver may have been drunk or intoxicated in some way. A driver may have been operating his or her vehicle in an illegal or unsafe way. Or a driver may have simply not been paying attention.
This inattentive driving is often called distracted driving, and that is often associated with cellphones. And for good reason.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), roughly 20 percent of accidents involved a distracted driver. While many of these accidents obviously involved a driver that was sending a text, reading a tweet, or making a call on their cell phone, distracted driving can also mean a variety of other irresponsible driving behaviors. For example, the driver may have been fiddling with the radio. The driver could have been having a conversation with someone else in the car, drawing their focus away from the road. Or the driver could have been eating or looking at a map.
No matter how the distracted driving accident happens, the victims will likely deal with a bevy of negative consequences ranging from property damage and stress, to serious injuries and physical and mental pain and suffering. The victims should consider their legal options after these accidents.