Distracted driving is as old as driving itself, but today’s technology has taken the danger and rate of deadly behavior to a level never seen before. Studies have shown that texting while driving is more dangerous than driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but the law has yet to catch up to the reality.
As with most risky behaviors, drivers typically feel texting is dangerous unless they’re the ones doing it. And, texting is just one of many distractions that cause motor vehicle crashes. Do not let the other driver make excuses for their dangerous behavior. The only way to stop this behavior and create a safer community is to hold distracted drivers accountable for the injuries they cause.
Common Distractions While Driving
Right now, texting and cell phone use take the main stage in the discussion of distracted driving, and for good reason. Device use is one of the biggest dangers on America’s roads today. That said, anything that takes a driver’s eyes or mind off the road can lead to a fatal accident, even if the distraction if brief.
Old, low-tech or no-tech distractions have not gone away, and drivers can be held responsible for any type of inattentive driving. Examples of common driver distractions include:
- Talking on a cell phone, even hands-free
- Texting or reading texts
- Using social media or watching videos
- GPS use
- Other device use
- Adjusting the stereo
- Adjusting vehicle settings, such as climate control or seat position
- Reaching for items in the floorboard or back seat
- Putting on makeup
- Interacting with passengers
- Eating and drinking
- Personal grooming
- Slowing to see another crash
Texting While Driving
Texting is one of the most dangerous forms of driver distraction, and it is very much a conscious choice. Texting doesn’t catch a driver by surprise or happen accidentally. It is completely avoidable. Texting is on par with drunk driving in many ways, including the risk to everyone on the road and the selfish, irresponsible nature of doing it.
But texting also differs from drunk driving in some big ways. Although the dangers of texting while driving are well known, laws against it are severely lacking. In Nevada, getting caught is punished with a small fine. Essentially a slap on the wrist. This is mindblowing when most people believe the punishment for drunk driving is not severe enough, yet it is much more severe than for texting. It is also much harder to prove texting than alcohol or drug use. We can help you wade through these difficulties to create a safer community.
How Adam Smith Law Can Help
Fortunately, at-fault drivers do not have to commit a crime to be held responsible for the injuries and deaths they cause. That includes distracted drivers. And while distraction can be hard to prove, we are dedicated to winning maximum compensation for injury victims like you.
Adam studied at one of the nation’s top law schools. Unlike many personal injury firms, we don’t throw up our hands and reach for the easy settlement when a case gets tough. We know what type of evidence to look for and how to find it.
Evidence that may be used to prove distracted driving includes:
- Cell phone records
- Social media posts made by the distracted driver while they were driving
- Witness statements
- Statements made by the at-fault driver, including their social media posts referencing the crash
- Video taken by witnesses
- Police report and investigation
- Images or video from surveillance cameras, police dash cams, and other cameras
Distracted driving crashes are not accidents. If you have been hurt or a loved one has been killed in crash caused by a distracted driver, the Las Vegas car crash attorneys of Adam Smith Law are here to help you recover full compensation, no matter how complicated and challenging the case. Please, call us at 702-929-2289 or email us to schedule your free consultation.
We represent seriously injured victims in complex distracted driving injury cases and we fight for justice for our clients. Please call us today.