April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), roads are more dangerous now than ever. One of the biggest dangers to be aware of, whether you’re commuting to work or driving with your family, is distracted driving. We hope to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and help eliminate preventable deaths and injuries on our roadways.
Please read on for more information about distracted driving, what to do if you have been injured by a distracted driver, and when you should contact a personal injury lawyer.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is defined as “any activity that diverts attention from driving.” This includes any distraction that compromises the attention of the driver, such as the use of a cell phone to text or talk, eating or drinking, using a navigation device, or using any infotainment system.
There are three main types of distracted driving:
- Visual distractions: looking anywhere except on the road.
- Manual distractions: taking one or both hands off the wheel.
- Cognitive distractions: focusing on things other than driving, like making conversation, listening to music, and daydreaming.
Texting while driving combines all three forms of distraction (visual, manual, and cognitive), making it the deadliest form of distracted driving.
What Should You Do If You’re Hit by a Distracted Driver?
The first thing you should do after being involved in a distracted driving accident is to call emergency personnel. Even if you feel fine, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible as some injuries do not show up immediately and people may only exhibit symptoms later on.
If possible, gather all the critical information from every person involved in the collision. This includes names, contact information, insurance information, and vehicle details (model, make, driver’s license number, and license plate number). If possible, you should take photographs of the vehicles, any skid marks, injuries, and damaged objects.
Make notes about what you observed in your surroundings and any details you were able to observe about the distracted driver. Were they speeding or swerving? Were their hands off the wheel?
Finally, call your insurance company to report the collision. Make sure to report the incident as accurately as possible.
When Should You Call a Personal Injury Lawyer?
When it comes to recovering damages in an incident involving a distracted driver, an experienced attorney is your best option. The wealth of experience a personal injury attorney has will be invaluable to your case. An attorney won’t just help you figure out your next steps following the collision, but will also make sure to compile any evidence and begin the claim process.
Car accident lawsuits can be difficult to navigate, but the right personal injury lawyer can help you understand your legal options and provide support every step of the way.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a vehicular accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact the personal injury lawyers at AHC Injury Law today for a free consultation about your incident.