Distracted driving is dangerous and can result in serious car accidents and injuries. For that reason, distracted driving should be avoided and victims of distracted driving-related car accidents should be familiar with the legal protections available to them.
What is considered distracted driving?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and others that driver inattention is the leading factor in most car accidents and near car accidents.
A wide range of behaviors while driving can be considered distracted driving. Distracted driving includes visual, manual and cognitive distractions. Cognitive distraction includes taking the driver’s mind off the roadway and the task of driving. Visual distraction includes taking the driver’s eyes off the roadway. Manual distraction includes taking the driver’s hands off the steering wheel.
Specific examples of distracted driving can include using a cell phone while driving; texting while driving; using a navigation system while driving; watching a video while driving; changing the radio while driving; eating and drinking while driving; grooming while driving; reading maps or newspapers or other materials while driving; talking to passengers while driving; and listening to loud music while driving.
It is important for drivers to remain focused on driving. When they fail to do so, it can cause serious accidents and also lead to liability and consequences. Michigan law prohibits texting while driving. Distracted drivers may face costs associated with violating the law and can also face civil liability associated with a distracted driving accident. A personal injury claim for damages against the distracted driver may help victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages.