Today, distracted driving accidents have become one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions. This likely comes as no surprise to anyone who has been on the road and seen the sheer number of drivers who are on their phones, texting, manipulating a GPS or otherwise using electronic devices.
Study after study has shown that motorists cannot multitask and drive safely while doing other things. Even with your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel, talking to passengers or speaking on the phone can be dangerous because it can cause inattention blindness. Your brain simply does not see what is around when it is focused on conversing or manipulating electronic devices. Still, despite the dangers, motorists not only use devices with hands-free controls, they also text, type, read emails, hold their phones up to their ear, and perform an array of additional dangerous behaviors behind the wheel.
When drivers are negligent, they can be held accountable for any resulting accidents that occur. A New Orleans car accident attorney at Bloom Legal can help distracted driving accident victims and their families pursue a claim to hold inattentive drivers liable for losses. Our goal is to help victims get the compensation they deserve.
Why Is Distracted Driving So Dangerous?
Distracted driving is dangerous because motorists cannot react appropriately to what’s going on around them when they’re distracted. Even looking down at a phone for five seconds to read or send a text could result in a driver effectively driving the length of a football field while blind.
Drivers who are focused on things other than driving have delayed reaction times and they may not see pedestrians, motorcyclists, bike riders or other vehicles in time to stop. These drivers could also cross the double yellow line into another lane if they aren’t paying attention to where their vehicle is going. This type of distracted driving accident is often fatal.
What Are My Rights After a Distracted Driving Accident?
After a distracted driving accident, you have the right to be compensated if you can prove another driver caused a crash to occur. If the other driver involved in the accident was violating the rules against handheld device use or texting, this can create a presumption that the other driver was being unreasonably careless and he or she could be held accountable for harming you.
Distracted driving crash victims or surviving family members of those killed in distracted driving crashes should be entitled to compensation for both economic and non-financial loss. They can fight for fair compensation through settlement negotiation or by going to court. Because it can be difficult to prove someone wasn’t paying attention at the time of driving, victims often need help from a New Orleans car accident attorney to make their case.
How Can a New Orleans Car Accident Attorney Help After a Distracted Driving Crash?
If you were hurt because of a distracted driver’s negligence, our attorneys can protect your rights. Bloom Legal provides the advocacy you need to hold a distracted driver accountable for your car accident injuries. Contact us today to find out more about the assistance our firm can offer.
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