Distracted driving is one of the major causes of car accident injuries and fatalities in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately 25 to 30 percent of motor vehicle deaths are caused by driver distractions.
The three main forms of distraction include:
- Visual – Your eyes are off the road
- Cognitive – Your mind is not focused on operating a motor vehicle
- Manual – Your hands are off the steering wheel
In other words, distracted driving consists of operating a vehicle while performing another activity that deters your attention from the primary task of driving. In many cases, complacency is the main cause of allowing drivers to feel like they can multitask.
The following are the major causes of distracted driving:
- Cell phone usage, such as texting while driving
- Having a conversation with a passenger in your vehicle
- “Lost in thought” or “spacing out”
- Grooming, such as applying makeup or combing hair
- Consuming food or a beverage
- Adjusting the radio, climate controls, or other devices, such as a navigation system
- An outside event, such as a car accident
If you suffered an injury after being involved in a car accident caused by a distracted driver in Southern California, you may be eligible for financial compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of income, as well as pain and suffering.