You would be hard pressed to find a state in this country in which distracted driving has not become a huge issue. While people have an idea of what it really means to be driving while distracted, there are actually more behaviors than you may think that meet this qualification.
Today at The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we are going to cover three of the most common distracted driving behaviors and why they are so dangerous. If you have been in a car accident that was caused entirely or in part by another party being distracted while driving, then you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. While the behaviors listed below are not illegal everywhere, if they caused an accident then the driver could be held accountable. Call us now at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Using a phone while driving
Eating while driving
Grooming while driving
It is illegal in the state of California to use a handheld electronic device while driving. Do you think this means that no one does? Of course not. If you were involved in a car, motorcycle, or truck accident involving a person who was on a handheld device, then you likely have a personal injury case against them. Judges and juries do not tend to have much sympathy for a person who caused an accident by being on their phone.
Though it is not illegal to eat while driving, it is one of the most common causes of accidents involving distracted driving. This is especially true of foods that require two hands to eat them, that involving dipping sauces, or that require a lot of attention to make sure they are not spilled. No matter what the food is, if a person is eating while driving and gets into an accident as a result, they could potentially be held accountable.
The stereotypical example of grooming while driving is a woman putting on her lipstick behind the wheel. While this does happen, it is not just women and it is not just lipstick that cause this type of accident. Believe it or not, men have been caught shaving or trimming their beards while driving. It could be something as simple as brushing their hair. A person could view it as a way to save time to finish their morning preparations behind the wheel. In fact, it could end up costing them a lot of time and money if an accident occurs.
Have you been the victim of an accident caused by distracted driving?
If you have been injured in an accident, and the driver was engaging in one of these or another distracted driving activity, then you likely have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. The easiest way to find out for sure, and to get answers to your commonly asked questions about these cases, is to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.