There are many forms of distracted driving that drivers engage in every day. The decision to drive while distracted can be deadly and can also result in liability to victims for the harm they suffer at the hands of a distracted driver.
Types of distracted driving
There are several different types of distracted driving including:
- Visual – taking the driver’s eyes off the road
- Manual – taking the drivers’ hands off the steering wheel
- Cognitive – taking the driver’s mind off of driving
These types of distracted driving can combine into texting while driving which includes aspects of all three types of distracted driving. Distracted driving can also include using a radio while driving, using a navigation device while driving or eating, grooming or reading while driving. Cell phone use also is considered distracted driving.
Facts and figures about distracted driving
During 2018, greater than 2,800 victims were killed in accidents involving distracted drivers. It is also estimated that 400,000 victims were injured in accidents involving distracted drivers during 2018. Distracted driving causes car accidents but also causes bicycle and pedestrian accidents. Approximately 1 in 5 victims of fatal accidents involving distracted drivers were walking or riding a bike.
Distracted driving car accidents can cause serious injuries and damages to victims and can also result in death. Personal injury legal protections can hold drivers who choose to drive while distracted accountable and help injured victims and their families with their damages. A personal injury claim for damages is an option to consider that can help victims with the physical, financial and emotional damages that distracted drivers cause.