One of the most common causes of car accidents in the state of New York is distracted driving. Thousands of individuals each year crash because one reason or another, they’re not focusing their attention on the roads and the vehicles around them.
For those injured as a result of distracted driving, proving fault often means showing that the driver acted in a negligent manner. Knowing what is considered distracted driving can help you in your journey to pursue compensation after a distracted driving accident.
Texting and Driving
Texting and driving is likely the most common form of distracted driving. We live in a world of technology when so many people can’t take the time to put down their phones out of fear of missing something they deem important.
Unfortunately, those few seconds it takes to look at a cell phone gives a driver enough time with their eyes off the road to cause significant harm.
Anything that alters a driver’s state of mind and takes their focus off of driving can be a mental distraction and cause a crash. Some of the issues that may cause mental distractions include conversations with passengers, thoughts of a crisis in the family, or even listening to music too loudly.
People will try to do all sorts of multitasking when driving, but when the action takes the driver’s eyes off the road, it can create a significant problem for others. Visual distractions can also include turning to look at something or someone in the vehicle or staring at the radio as you browse through stations.
Unfortunately, some of the most common distracted drivers are teenagers. They’re often in the vehicle with a bunch of friends or texting while driving, putting themselves, their passengers, and other drivers at serious risk of harm.
When someone is negligent in their driving and injury does ensue, the person who causes the crash should be held fully accountable for their actions. Our team at O2 Law is here to help. You can speak with our Long Island car accident attorneys to learn more about your rights and determine the necessary steps to take moving forward.