At Sam Aguiar Injury Lawyers, we know how prevalent distracted driving is as a contributing factor to auto accidents. In fact, a recent study found that more than half of all accidents involved drivers using their phones in the moments leading up to their crashes.
Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies agree that distracted driving is an epidemic in the U.S., and that’s a big reason why the National Safety Council named April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Our Louisville car accident lawyers know that many Kentuckians associate distracted driving with cell phone usage, but there are more types of distracted driving, including:
- Visual distractions – This type of distracted driving encompasses smartphone usage, but it also includes actions like looking at your stereo, looking for items around you, or looking at yourself in the mirror.
- Manual distractions – Manual distractions involve any activities that take your hands off the wheel. They include activities like grooming, eating, drinking, and reaching for nearby objects or your radio controls.
- Cognitive distractions – When you take your mind off the task of driving, you’ve experienced cognitive distraction. It involves things like hands-free phone calls, conversations with passengers, and daydreaming.
Any activity, task, or mental state that takes your full focus off the road can be dangerous and can lead to serious and even fatal accidents.
If you or someone you love were hurt in a crash that was caused by a distracted driver, we’re here to help. It’s our goal to do everything we can to help you get full compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other accident-related expenses. Call today for a free consultation.