Distracted driving has become one of the largest causes for car accidents and studies have shown that it’s just as dangerous as driving drunk. Distracted driving is the act of driving while not focusing on the manual, visual, or cognitive acts of driving.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there are an estimated 3,000 deaths per year from distracted drivers. Oftentimes, you may be driving in a distracted state and not even realize it – it’s more than just cell phone use. Here are the three main categories of distracted driving:
- Manual – removing your hands from the steering wheel for whatever reason
- Visual – taking your eyes off the road
- Cognitive – allowing your mind to be distracted while driving
This means that distracted driving can occur when you’re texting, talking on the phone, eating, grooming yourself, or even allowing yourself to be distracted by your thoughts.
The government is taking a stand against distracted driving, but the laws are still only at state-level. In the state of Ohio, there are two laws in place to help combat distracted driving:
- No cell phone use, even hands-free for novice drivers
- No texting while driving for all drivers
If you’ve been involved in an accident and you believe the driver at fault was distracted, you have recourse to file a lawsuit. Our experienced Columbus accident attorney, Robert W. Kerpsack, can help you determine who was at fault and how to best proceed with your case.
Our Ohio lawyers offer free case reviews and happily serve clients in Columbus, Dublin, New Albany and the surrounding areas. Please contact us today or call (614) 766-2000.