Getting injured by a distracted driver means you face medical expenses and a painful injury because of someone else's careless driving. As an experienced Dallas car accident lawyer, John Polewski will fight aggressively to pursue the compensation you deserve. For a free case evaluation, please call us at 972-230-6200.
Types of Driver Distractions
A driver can be distracted and get in a serious or even fatal car accident if he or she tries to drive while:
- Using a cell phone
- Applying makeup
- Adjusting audio controls
- Talking to a passenger
- Using a GPS
- Reading a map
These careless behaviors and others take a driver's attention and focus away from driving. Although most of us drive every day and feel like it's become second nature to drive, it still requires constant care and concentration to drive safely and prevent auto accidents.
Distractions can be visual, manual, or cognitive –
Visual distractions: Anything taking your eyes away from the road can cause a car accident. Visual distractions can be reaching for your cell phone, reading or typing a text, staring at something outside your window, and other things.
Cognitive distractions: Even if you're looking at the road, if your concentration is not on driving your distraction could lead to a car accident. Thinking about work or a fight you had with someone, or thinking deeply about anything and forgetting the task at hand can cause you to run red lights, speed, follow too closely or otherwise drive carelessly.
Manual distractions: Something falls to the floor of your car or you hear the beep of a text message – reaching for these things are examples of how you can be manually distracted from the road by taking your hands off the wheel.
Texting while driving can be one of the most dangerous forms of distraction because it involves your hands, eyes and concentration.
What to do if you were injured by a Distracted Driver
Some states prohibit texting while driving or talking on a cell phone while driving, but distracted driving is an ongoing problem nonetheless. Not all forms of distraction while driving can be banned, and even bans that do exist are difficult to enforce. Car accidents caused by distracted driving happen in cities across the US every day.
If you are seriously injured in a car accident caused by a careless driver, you deserve compensation for the mental, emotional and financial costs of your injury. Our experienced Dallas car accident lawyers will fight to pursue compensation on your behalf, so you can begin recovering and restoring your life.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident in Dallas, Fort Worth or the surrounding areas, please contact Polewski & Associates for a free case evaluation.