Distracted driving is a serious problem on U.S. roads and highways. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states in an article that over nine people die every day in accidents that reportedly involve a distracted driver.
One of the most common ways that people distract themselves while behind the wheel is by using cell phones or other mobile devices. But how could simply using a phone be so dangerous while driving?
When people choose to give a mobile device their attention, they can be distracted in three primary ways:
● They are mentally distracted by the content of a call or a text.
● They are visually distracted as they avert their eyes from the road to look at a device.
● They are physically distracted when removing their hands from the steering wheel to operate their device.
It takes only a moment’s inattentiveness for a serious or fatal motor vehicle accident to occur. Those who drive while giving attention to mobile devices place themselves and others in potential danger. And as the information cited in this post demonstrates, such negligence could lead to deadly consequences.
If you ever lose a loved one in a fatal motor vehicle accident, you may feel overwhelmed. And while the last thing on your mind may be money, you will have funeral and other expenses to consider. Your ability to receive fair compensation may be contingent upon your response to the situation.
A California motor vehicle accident attorney may prove of assistance in this difficult period. By performing a thorough investigation of the accident, the attorney could help you determine liability. If the crash was caused by the negligence of another, the attorney could help you prepare a civil suit. The attorney may also be able to help you maximize any settlement you are entitled to receive from an insurance company.