When it comes to distracted driving, how distracted is too distracted? Well, the truth is that whenever you are distracted it creates a danger not only to yourself but to others as well. There are many reasons why a driver may be distracted, from checking their cell phone to crying children in the backseat. If you want to learn more about distracted driving or have already been in an accident and you think that you need to talk to a car accident attorney, we’ve put together some information for you. Read on to find out more.
Distracted driving is an epidemic that is on the rise. With drivers having access to their smartphones and also dealing with the travails on the road, it’s no surprise that accidents due to distraction are way up. You’ve probably seen countless advertisements and PSAs designed to alert people to the dangers of not only texting on your phone but taking calls on it and looking at it while operating a motor vehicle.
Driving distracted can not only cause damage to others, but it could end up landing you in a lot of trouble. The laws vary from state to state, but most states are going to slap you with civil and potentially even criminal charges. If you were truly driving distracted and caused an accident that causes injury and even death, you could be responsible in a court of law for vehicular homicide, which comes with serious charges and implications if you are found guilty. So think about it before picking up your phone– is that text worth it?
What else constitutes distracted driving (in most states) other than talking or texting on your phone? Grooming or applying makeup could be considered distracted driving– how many of us are really paying attention to the road if we’re combing our hair or putting mascara on in the mirror? Reading maps is another distracted driving activity that you may not normally think of as being ‘distracted’ driving, so ask a passenger to be your co-navigator if you find yourself in this situation.
Taking your eyes off the road also constitutes distracted driving. If you have a text, ask your passenger to read it or pull over if you’re driving solo. If you need to input directions into your GPS, do it while parked and not driving. Never watch a video or any media while driving– that one explains itself. Have your passenger handle activities that are simple while you’re driving, even if it seems ridiculous. Is it better to take your hands off the wheel to open a bottle of water, or should you have your passenger do it? This is also a perfect excuse to have a personal butler whenever you are driving, so you may as well use it because it’s for a good cause.
If you’ve been in an accident due to distracted driving, you have every right to consult an accident attorney. If you are responsible for the accident, you will need legal counsel on your side. Contact the Law Offices of Payas, Payas, and Payas today to find out more.