You are likely well aware of the fact that distracted driving is extremely dangerous. One of the main types of distracted driving involves texting or some use of a cell phone, which is particularly dangerous because it involves all three types of distraction, affecting a driver’s vision, movement and cognitive function.
Because the dangers of texting while driving are widely known, many people believe that as long as they aren’t texting, they aren’t being dangerous. However, that is not always the case. In fact, a driver can be completely distracted, even with two hands on the wheel. No matter what, a distracted driver is a dangerous driver.
The types of distracted drivers
Distracted driving can be deceptive because a person can be completely distracted, even if it doesn’t look like it. It can be useful to understand the types of distracted drivers that may be present on Oklahoma roads, including the following:
- Manually distracted driver: This type of driver removes one or both hands from the steering wheel for any reason, whether it is reaching for a cell phone, adjusting the radio or eating while driving.
- Visually distracted driver: This driver removes his or her eyes from the road, even for a second. This may be to look at a text, check on a passenger in the backseat or read a billboard in passing.
- Cognitively distracted driver: This type of driver does not look distracted, but his or her mind may be unfocused. This could be because of daydreaming, talking to a passenger, listening to the radio or more.
Any type of distraction is dangerous, no matter what. If you suffered because of a distracted driver, you may have valid claim to financial compensation. Whether the driver who caused your accident was cognitively, manually or visually distracted, he or she may be liable for damages, injuries and emotional trauma.
Your rights after a distracted driving accident
There is no way to undo the damage you experienced in your distracted driving accident, but you do not have to walk through the aftermath alone. If you believe that you have a rightful claim to compensation, you would more than likely benefit from taking quick action as soon as possible after your accident.
When a distracted driver causes harm, he or she should be held accountable for any damages. Victims have the right to seek guidance regarding the possibility of a civil claim in order to secure compensation for medical bills, damage to personal property and other accident-related losses.
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