You’re likely quite familiar with the term “distracted driving” and may even have been a distracted driver yourself at some point in your driving career. In fact, most drivers become distracted from time to time, perhaps without even realizing it. The problem is that operating a motor vehicle in a distracted state can lead to collision, which can cause injuries, which can change lives, forever.
It’s one thing to say a driver appeared distracted, however, and another to understand the legal definition of the phrase. If another driver was driving distracted according to the laws of Texas, and you suffered injury because of it, there is no reason you should bear full responsibility for the financial expenses you incur because of the incident. If you’re unsure what constitutes as distracted driving, you can speak to someone well-versed in personal injury law.
General, unspecified distractions
Not all states specifically mention types of behavior when defining distracted driving. For instance, laws often state that any behaviors unnecessary to the operation of the vehicle are distractions. Another way to put it is to say that any action that the average person would reasonably expect might impair your ability to safely operate your vehicle would also constitute as a driving distraction.
Specific gadgets or behaviors
Most states nowadays have laws against texting while driving or using hand-held electronic devices behind the wheel. However, laws may also define distracted driving by banning other specific behaviors, such as grooming while driving or interacting with pets while operating a motor vehicle.
Evidence of distraction
If you or your loved one wind up in the hospital because of an incident that was entirely preventable, you may feel frustrated and angry toward the driver who caused you to suffer. Remembering the details that led to your accident may help you gather evidence to show that the other driver was indeed driving distracted and that his or her distraction is directly responsible for your injury.
For instance, if you witnessed the other driver texting moments before his or her car smashed into yours, you’ll want to report that to authorities. The more evidence you have, the better, especially if you plan to seek recovery for your losses in court. Even minor injuries can cause serious economic damage to accident victims and their families. Many people are unprepared to meet accident-related expenses but obtain financial relief through personal injury litigation.