North Carolina readers know that distracted driving is a serious threat to the health and safety of every person on the road. Despite the fact that most people are well aware of the dangers of this behavior, many drivers still engage in distracting behaviors while behind the wheel.

If the negligent actions of a distracted driver caused you injury, you have the right to seek appropriate compensation through a personal injury claim. Distracted driving is inexcusable, and one way you can fight back against this behavior is to hold liable drivers accountable when they cause you harm.

What’s so dangerous about distraction?

There are more things than ever before that can cause distraction for a driver. From in-car infotainment systems to smartphones, there is no shortage of things that can take a person’s attention from the task at hand. There are three main types of distraction, and they all affect a driver in different ways. These include:

  • Manual: This is taking one or both hands off the steering wheel for any reason. This can include reaching for a phone, inputting an address in a GPS or even adjusting the radio.
  • Visual: This type of distraction occurs when a driver takes his or her eyes off the road. This may happen when reading a text, talking to a passenger or even looking at a billboard.
  • Cognitive: This type of distraction happens when a person is driving with an unfocused mind. This may occur when a person is talking on the phone or thinking about something else, even with both hands on the wheel.

Using the phone, specifically texting and driving, is particularly dangerous because it can cause all three types of distraction simultaneously. A person who is texting may actually drive quite far without ever looking up from the phone. 

As a victim, you have rights

Victims have the right to push back against this type of dangerous behavior. After an accident caused by distracted driving, you may find it helpful to seek a complete evaluation of your case in order to understand how you can seek rightful compensation and hold liable parties accountable.

You do not have to suffer through the aftermath alone; you can take immediate action to protect your right to recovery. Distraction is always preventable and always dangerous, and those who suffered because of it should not suffer through the aftermath alone.