Distracted driving is a problem on the roadways in Indiana and is dangerous behavior to engage in. Victims of car accidents caused by distracted driving can suffer serious physical, financial and emotional damages that they need help with.
Distracted driving can be considered negligent behavior. If a distracted driver causes a motor vehicle accident, the distracted driver may be liable for the injuries and harm suffered by the victim. Distracted driving is ultimately considered any behavior that distracts the driver from the task of driving. While all distracted driving is considered dangerous, some types of distracted driving may be especially dangerous.
Distracted driving includes many behaviors drivers engage in. It includes cellphone use while driving; texting while driving; operating a navigation device while driving; operating a radio while driving; eating or drinking while driving; reading while driving; and grooming while driving, among other behaviors. Texting while driving is considered the most dangerous form of distracted driving by some, because it combines all three types of distraction — cognitive, manual and visual distraction.
In addition to being considered negligent behavior, distracted driving may also be illegal behavior. Thus, it is helpful for victims, and drivers, to be familiar with the laws in their state concerning distracted driving. A personal injury claim for damages against a distracted driver may be able to help the victim recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering, so it is worth being familiar with the legal resources that can help when a victim has been injured by the careless actions of a distracted driver.