Virginia distracted driving auto accident attorneys
Fighting against dangerous and distracted drivers
With the popularity of mobile phones and similar devices, distracted driving is a greater danger on our Virginia roads. Distracted drivers are a menace, and cause accidents. They need to be held accountable for injuries they cause.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a distracted driver, call us. GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys will work tirelessly to see that your rights are protected. Call (804) 413-6777 for a free consultation.
Is distracted driving really that big of a problem?
Yes. Driving distracted is one of the most dangerous things a person can do.
Consider looking at a text message while driving (not even taking into account typing a response). The average time a person looks away from the road to read an incoming text message is five seconds. In that time, while driving at only 45 mph, a person will travel about 100 yards. That means that in the time you look away to read a text message, you will drive the length of a football field while not looking at the road!
Common types of distractions while driving
While mobile phones may be the biggest danger, other things can take our attention away from the road too. The most common distractions include:
- Mobile phones and similar devices: Devices like phones and tablets present serious distractions inside a vehicle. Incoming text messages, phone calls, or just looking up information or directions on a screen all take your attention away from where it should be.
- Music: Sound itself can make it harder to hear your surroundings, especially an emergency vehicle. Changing songs or adjusting the volume also creates a distraction.
- Controls and settings in a car: Adjusting settings, like heating and cooling, can distract a driver. Even moving your seat position or side mirrors can reduce your concentration.
- Passengers in a car: Other people inside a car offer numerous distractions - everything from having an in-depth conversation with the driver, to asking the driver to look at something.
- Outside distractions: A driver looking at an accident or reading signs is not focusing on what’s happening immediately around and in front of the vehicle. Even beautiful landscapes can become dangerous hazards if the driver’s attention is diverted.
- Daydreaming: The most common distraction for drivers, frighteningly enough, is actually daydreaming, or mind-wandering. Confident drivers often forget just how dangerous driving is, and they take it for granted. Daydreaming while driving slows reaction time and can result in deadly accidents.
Is distracted driving a form of negligence?
Yes, it certainly can be. Most reasonable people would say that driving requires attention and focus on what is happening immediately around the vehicle.
If you become distracted, it takes attention away from what you, the driver, should be focused on. Multitasking is not actually possible - a person's brain can only focus on one thing at a time. While "multitasking," we rapidly switch our focus between two or more things.
Any distraction while driving takes attention away from the road and can be negligence, making a distracted driver potentially at fault for an accident and injuries caused.
Hit by a distracted driver? Call us today.
If you have been injured in an accident, we want to do whatever we can to help you and your family. Contact a Virginia car accident attorney at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free (855) 781-6777 for a free consultation.
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