Distraction by gadgets while driving

Whether you're taking a call or fixing your hair while driving, activities that draw your attention away from the road come under distractions. Distracted driving can be dangerous and may cause accidents. Pedestrians, passengers and fellow motorist are all at risk when there is distracted driving. Some forms of distracted driving might result in a traffic violation. The traffic laws pertaining to certain distractions may differ from state to state. Texting while driving is a clear traffic violation in many states, including Kentucky. Gadgets, like smartphones, have their own perks. However if used while driving, they act as a distraction.

Several activities can be classified under distracted driving including texting, eating and drinking, tending to a pet or child, shaving or applying makeup and using gadgets. Many new laws now separately focus on gadget distractions which include texting, calling or using a cell phone in general. This problem is fairly common in teens and young adults. The use of smartphones while driving has peaked as smartphone ownership has grown. Complicating the issue is that many drivers rely on their smartphones for navigational purposes.

If you have suffered an injury as the result of distracted driving, you can use the distraction as a proof of negligence against the driver. As with any personal injury claim, you may receive compensation for the damages and expenses you faced. These may include lost wages and medical expenses.

If you or someone you know has been in an accident due to distracted driving, hiring an attorney for advice might be in your best interests. Get familiar with the laws and your rights regarding car accidents caused by distracted driving.

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