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Distracted driving and car accidents

by | Oct 25, 2018 | Firm News |

Distracted driving is a major cause of serious accidents in Louisiana. In fact, a recent study by AAA found that distracted driving is the most significant contributor to accidents in the United States. While many people believe that they are immune to such accidents, the risk continues to rise.

There are three major types of distraction: visual, cognitive and manual. Visual distraction occurs when a driver takes their eyes off the road. Cognitive distraction involves a driver mentally taking his or her attention off driving tasks. Manual distraction occurs when a driver fails to physically control a vehicle by taking their hands off the steering wheel, gas pedal or brakes.

Cognitive distraction is more subtle than the other two types. This can occur even when the driver is physically in control of the vehicle and watching the road. Employers can help prevent commercial trucking accidents caused by distraction by educating drivers about the potential dangers.

Some of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving involve all three different types of distraction. For example, texting while driving requires a driver to look at their phone, take their hands off the steering wheel and mentally stop focusing on driving while typing a text message.

Individuals who have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver may benefit from consulting a lawyer. An attorney experienced in handling lawsuits and insurance claims could help a plaintiff by filing paperwork, negotiating with the other side, investigating the cause of the accident and providing legal advice. For example, an attorney may be able to obtain phone records to demonstrate that a driver was sending text messages right before an accident occurred.