Drivers can act in a negligent manner and cause accidents in numerous different ways. One of the most negligent acts on the road is driving while distracted. The following is some information regarding distracted driving1 and how victims can recover.
Types of Common Distractions
Drivers may engage in many different types of distractions, including the following:
- Texting, emailing, or otherwise using a hand held mobile device
- Eating and drinking
- Personal grooming
- Reaching into the backseat
- Programming a radio or GPS
- Listening to podcasts or audiobooks
- Talking on the phone or to a passenger
Any activity that causes a visual, manual, or cognitive distraction has the possibility to cause serious auto accidents and injuries. Distracted drivers may collide with other vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and more because they were not paying full attention to the road in front of them.
Proving negligence in distracted driving cases
Every driver has the duty to drive in a safe manner and if they fail to do so and cause an accident, that driver will likely be deemed negligent2 and liable for any injuries they caused. If you believe that the driver who caused your collision had been distracted, you will be required to show evidence that the drive was negligent. Such evidence can come in the form of witness testimony, police reports, video footage, and more, though it can often be difficult to identify and collect such evidence. Once you prove negligence, however, you will likely be able to recover for all of your losses related to the accident.
Contact the Law Offices of Kenneth P. Carp for a free consultation
If you have sustained injuries in an auto accident caused by a distracted driver, you deserve to receive compensation for all of your related losses. Proving that a driver was distracted can often be complicated and may involve substantial investigation and evidence gathering. Kenneth P. Carp is an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Louis and St. Charles who understands how to prove negligence in a distracted driving case. Please do not hesitate to call our office at (314) 526-0879 for a free consultation to discuss a possible case.