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Distracted Driving

Las Vegas Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys

The True Dangers of Distracted Driving

In the United States, distracted driving—which includes texting and using a cellphone while driving—is consistently one of the leading causes of car accidents. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 48 states, Washington D.C., and several U.S. territories have banned text messaging for all drivers.

In 2019 alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded that, throughout the United States, distracted driving caused:

  • 735,000 non-fatal injuries

  • 3,142 fatalities

Types of Driver Distraction that Cause Accidents

There are three types of distractions that can lead to crashes and collisions on the road:

  • Visual Distractions: any activity that takes the driver’s eyes off the road

  • Cognitive Distractions: any activity that interrupts the driver’s mind from focusing on driving

  • Manual Distractions: any activity that leads to the driver’s hands leaving the steering wheel

Texting while driving significantly increases a driver’s risk of an auto accident because it involves all three types of distractions.

What Are Common Examples of Distracted Driving?

Common examples of distracted driving include:

  • Texting, emailing, or using social media on a mobile device
  • Talking on a phone, even if it's hands-free
  • Eating or drinking while driving
  • Applying makeup or grooming
  • Changing the radio station or adjusting the music playlist
  • Using a navigation system or GPS
  • Talking to passengers or attending to children in the car
  • Reading, including maps, books, or newspapers

These distractions can cause drivers to take their eyes, hands, and/or mind off the road, leading to accidents and injuries.

What Should I Do If I'm Hit By a Distracted Driver?

If you've been hit by a distracted driver, follow these simple steps to ensure that your case gets off to a strong start:

  1. Get medical attention for yourself and anyone else involved in the accident.
  2. Call the police to report the accident and request a police report.
  3. Exchange information with the other driver and witnesses (Get the other driver's name, contact information, and insurance details).
  4. Document the accident scene, specifically, take photos and videos of any damage to the vehicles involved and any injuries sustained.
  5. Don't admit fault or apologize, as this can be used against you in any legal proceedings.
  6. Contact a personal injury lawyer.
  7. Notify your insurance company.

Injured? Get Your Free Case Review Today

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident that a distracted driver caused, you need an attorney on your side. Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen is ready to fight for the maximum compensation you are owed for your injuries, lost wages, and other damages related to your accident.

To get started, contact our Las Vegas law firm today at (702) 505-8115.

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