West Virginia readers know that distracted driving is a significant threat to their safety on the roads. As more vehicles come with distracting in-car features and people become more reliant on their cellphones, it is clear that the issue of distracted motorists is not going away. Accidents occur every day that are the result of a driver who is visually, cognitively and physically distracted.
As a person who may have suffered injuries in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you know how dangerous this type of behavior can be. Distraction is negligent and completely preventable, and sadly, many people impacted by this dangerous choice are innocent drivers and passengers.
More dangerous drivers on the road
You may know that distraction is extremely dangerous, but texting and driving is not the only form of distracted driving. The overall number of fatalities related to traffic accidents is rising, and experts believe that distraction could be one the factors behind this issue. As more and more drivers have and use smartphones, it appears that this problem could only become more prevalent.
Texting and driving is one of the most common forms of distracted driving. However, it is not the only thing that could be taking the attention of a driver. Phones could prove distracting as drivers use them for the following:
- Making phone calls
- Video calling
- Text-to-voice messaging
- Social media apps
- Navigation capabilities
With the increase of deaths related to distracted driving, there has been an increase in campaigns to make drivers aware of the dangers of using their phones while behind the wheel. Despite this, many drivers choose to engage in this negligent behavior. In fact, a recent survey found that 41 percent of drivers admitted to texting with their hands while operating a vehicle.
Who is to blame?
There are some who believe that the manufacturers of phones are liable for distraction-related accidents. These individuals want to hold companies accountable for not building in more safety measures and making the phones too easy to use while driving. However, victims of the reckless and negligent choices of other drivers still have the option to hold these people accountable for their decision to engage in irresponsible and dangerous behaviors.
If you suffered because of a distracted driver, you have the right to pursue a full recovery. You may be entitled to financial compensation, and you may pursue this through a civil claim against the liable parties. In order to explore this option and take the appropriate measures, you would be wise to seek a complete evaluation of your case.