When an Oklahoma adult is behind the wheel, his or her primary concern should be to operate the vehicle as safely as possible. Unfortunately, individuals sometimes believe they can safely multitask while driving, often operating phones and engaging in distracting behaviors while also controlling a vehicle. This significantly increases the chance of an accident, making it more likely one will suffer serious injuries and property damage.
Distracted driving is one of the most significant safety hazards on the road. Because of cell phones, in-car technology and other things that can take the attention of a driver, this is a growing concern. If you are the victim of an accident caused by the negligence and reckless actions of a distracted driver, it is possible you have grounds to pursue recovery through a civil claim.
What is it?
Distracted driving is anything that can take the attention of someone while he or she is operating a vehicle. In most cases, this involves one or more of the following:
- Talking on the phone
- Using a GPS
- Using an in-car infotainment system
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Scrolling social media or accessing the internet
Distraction can also include things that may not seem dangerous, such as talking to a passenger, a hands-free phone call, daydreaming or even reading a billboard.
Why is it so dangerous?
Distraction affects a driver in multiple ways. There are multiple types of distraction, and they are all avoidable and dangerous. The most common types of distraction include manual distraction, cognitive distraction and visual distraction. They impact what a driver is doing with his or her hands, where the driver is looking and how the driver is focusing on the task at hand. Cell phone use can be especially dangerous because it can involve multiple types of distraction at the same time.
What can victims do?
If you are the victim of a distraction-related accident, you have legal options available to you. Through a civil claim, you may be able to secure compensation for your pain and suffering, recovery of your financial losses and other types of damages. Personal injury claims are time-sensitive, and it can be beneficial to move quickly if you choose to pursue legal recourse. It may be helpful to start with an assessment of your case so you can be certain of the most effective and appropriate way forward.