Virginia has enacted a ban on texting while driving for all motorists, and any cell phone use by drivers 18 years old and under is prohibited. Regardless of hefty fines and other consequences, many drivers still engage in this risky behavior that threatens the safety of everyone on the road. Statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal some alarming details:
If you were hurt in a motor vehicle collision due to a motorist’s distracted driving, you should discuss your situation with an experienced Hampton car accident lawyer. You may also find it useful to review some information on what makes distracted driving such a problem for Virginia drivers.
Texting while driving is extremely risky because it impacts three specific areas of vehicle operation:
While texting and driving get a lot of media attention, any interaction with a cell phone while driving can lead to serious auto collisions. Examples include:
It is important to note that there are many other forms of distracted driving that do not involve a cell phone but are equally deadly. They include:
Ultimately, distracted driving encompasses many activities that interfere with a driver’s attention upon the primary task at hand, which should be to safely operate the vehicle.
If you were hurt in a motor vehicle collision due to someone else’s negligence, including distracted driving, Mr. Hoen can assist you in filing your claim for compensation. Please contact Hampton Injury Law by calling 757.838.1136 to set up a free consultation. You can also visit our website for more information about your rights as a victim.