If an accident was caused by someone who was not fully paying attention to their driving and you or someone you care about ended up being injured or worse, you should not and do not have to shoulder the weight of damages and injuries yourself. But, getting the compensation you deserve may be a difficult and complex undertaking. You will increase your chances of success by getting the help of an experienced Cincinnati distracted driving accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Young, Reverman & Mazzei, whether by helping you sue the at-fault parties or guiding you through the claims process. Car accidents happen all the time across the U.S. and the State of Ohio is no different. Several car accidents occur each minute and if you are involved in one of these accidents, you may be able to collect compensation for your injuries or damages.
Sometimes the problem is minor and can be covered by the insurance alone. But, at other times the damages may be more extensive or even permanent leaving a victim disabled or dead. A good portion of these serious accidents are caused by distracted drivers. According to the statistics on Drivers.org, there are thousands of fatalities and hundreds of thousands of injuries occurring each year due to drivers simply not being aware of their surroundings or actions on the road –– and the numbers are increasing.
When we think of a distracted driver, we assume that this person will be talking on their cellphone while driving, but this is only a portion of the distractions. Other distracting activities include talking with other passengers, eating, grooming and drinking coffee can also take the driver’s full attention from the road. For those who have been the victim of a distracted driver, the medical treatment and therapy to resume full functionality can be a serious financial weight in a very stressful and difficult time. If their need for compensation is not fully covered by the insurance claims, then it may be necessary to file a lawsuit.
Most people multitask to some degree while they are driving, this raises the question of how much peripheral activity is required to be considered a distraction. The answer is not very much. Anything that causes the driver to shift their eyes from the road, their hands from the wheel or their attention from the activity of driving is a distraction. This is because it takes visual, manual and cognitive focus to safely operate a moving vehicle.
So if you are hi-fiving your friend in the back seat, looking through your playlist or planning your presentation for a sales meeting as you are driving, even for just a moment, you are distracted. It is a common misconception that after years of driving you get a feel for the task and will eventually become impervious to accidents no matter how much attention you are applying to operate the vehicle. This kind of thinking takes lives and causes serious car accidents all of the time.
There is no doubt that using a cellphone while driving is a considerable risk factor in distracted driving. These mobile devices aren’t just for communicating with friends and family, they are used to send and receive text messages, shop online, book travel and watch all manner of videos. All of these activities right at your fingertips is a considerable incentive to take the mind off the road. Using a mobile device requires the driver to take their hand off the wheel and also take their eyes from the road even though momentarily. Reading a notification and thinking up a response in the mind is removing cognitive focus from the task. Some people argue that using a headset or a voice activation program is much safer, but this isn’t actually true. If the driver is dividing their attention between the phone conversation and activation, they are also too distracted to avoid an imminent collision.
Recent research has confirmed what driving authorities had deduced, distraction plays a major role in teen driving accidents. Teenagers are more likely to check text messages while they are driving. But, it is not just mobile devices that will cause teenagers to become distracted, talking with other passengers is another major cause of teenage distracted driving accidents. Then there is the tendency to be looking for items, become focused on something outside of the car or even become carried away with the music all of which can result in distracted driving and its deadly consequences.
If you have been injured in such an accident, your best chance of receiving the help you need may be in court. In which case you will need the best representation from an experienced legal counsel. Call the law offices of Young, Reverman & Mazzei for experts in Cincinnati Car Accidents to increase your chances of receiving full coverage for your injuries. Call our office today to set up your free consultation, or fill out the form provided below.