Distracted driving has become the leading cause of auto accidents in the United States today – even outpacing drunk driving. As our dependence on mobile technology grows, our level of distraction behind the wheel does as well. Researchers estimate that 3,328 people were killed in 2012 alone because of distracted driving.

If you have been seriously injured, or if your loved one has been killed by a distracted driver, please call us today at (614) 766-2000 to schedule a free case evaluation with our experienced Ohio auto accident lawyer.

Ohio Distracted Driving Laws

In Ohio, there is a statewide ban on all cell phone use for novice drivers (both handheld and hands-free), as well as a ban on texting for all drivers. However, the ban on texting is a secondary law, meaning a police officer can only issue a ticket if the driver has already been pulled over for another traffic violation. For this reason, many drivers in Ohio routinely get away with texting while driving, heightening the risk of serious auto accidents.

Types of Distracted Driving

Any activity that diverts your attention away from the primary task of driving qualifies as a distraction. Distracted driving is typically broken down into three categories: visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel), and cognitive (taking your mind off driving).

Some specific types of distracted driving include:

  • Texting
  • Cell phone use
  • Eating and drinking
  • Using a GPS or navigation system
  • Grooming
  • Adjusting a radio or music player

Even speaking with your passengers can qualify as a distraction, since your mind is temporarily focused on something other than driving.

Experienced Ohio Auto Accident Lawyers

Distracted driving is an egregious form of negligence. When a careless driver causes an auto accident that leads to serious personal injury or wrongful death, they can and should be held accountable.

Our experienced Ohio auto accident lawyer Robert W. Kerpsack has many years of experience helping injured auto accident victims effectively fight for the justice they deserve and the compensation they need to fully recover from their injuries.

If you have suffered injury in an auto accident because of another person’s distracted driving, please contact Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A. through our online form or call (614) 766-2000 to schedule a free case evaluation with our experienced Ohio auto accident attorney. We represent injured victims in Columbus, Dublin, New Albany, and throughout Ohio.