What can I do if I am hit by a Distracted Driver in Atlanta?
Distracted driving is a growing problem in the United States. Personal electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets, GPS devices, and built-in infotainment systems in vehicles provide drivers with a plethora of potential distractions. As a result, several states and localities have passed legislation limiting or even banning the use of these devices while driving. Unfortunately, accidents due to distracted driving continue to occur, often with catastrophic results. Under general tort law principles, distracted driving is negligent driving, meaning that people injured by distracted drivers may be able to recover for their losses by bringing a personal injury claim. The best way to determine if your injuries are compensable is to consult with one of our Atlanta personal injury lawyers.
In order to determine whether an auto accident was caused by distracted driving, it is helpful to know the three main types of driver distractions. These are:
- Cognitive – Any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from driving a vehicle is a cognitive distraction. Some examples of cognitive distractions include reading, talking, texting, or listening to an audiobook or podcast.
- Visual – Visual distractions occur when a driver takes his or her eyes away from the road. Some examples of visual distractions are reading, looking at scenery, checking your phone, or looking at a GPS device.
- Manual – Any activity that takes a driver’s hand or hands away from the wheel constitute a manual distraction. Common examples include texting, using the radio, searching for items on the floor of the vehicle, grooming, and eating.
As this list makes clear, many types of distractions encompass two or more types of distractions. Several studies have indicated that those that involve all three types, such as texting, significantly increase a driver’s risk of being involved in an accident.
Contact an Atlanta personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that you believe may have been caused by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. In order to schedule a free consultation with one of the experienced personal injury attorneys of Boling Rice, please call our office today at (770) 887-3162.