Our readers in Oklahoma may have heard the news that April is distracted driving awareness month. Even with all of the local and national efforts that have been underway over the course of several years now, distracted driving is still one of the main concerns on the roadways throughout America – even rivaling drunk driving for the amount of car accidents this behavior behind the wheel causes. All drivers should be aware of the dangers of distracted driving.
For starters, it is important to understand that distracted driving is not only the common behavior of drivers being on their cellphones while driving, but can include many other common behaviors as well. For example, eating or putting on makeup while driving or even talking with other people in the vehicle can distract a driver from the primary task of safely operating the vehicle. However, there is no doubt that cellphone use behind the wheel is likely to be the most common form of distracted driving.
While distracted drivers may believe that their conduct is fleeting, temporary or trivial, the fact is that distracted driving leads to thousands of car accidents throughout the country each year. These accidents can leave other drivers and their passengers with severe injuries, and may even result in deaths.
Oklahoma residents who have been injured in a car accident that was caused by a distracted driver may have legal options to explore. A personal injury lawsuit may result in an award of financial compensation that could help cover mounting medical bills and other expenses related to the car accident.