In today’s day and age, nearly every person has the ability to hold the world at their fingertips. Today’s smartphones allow us to maintain schedules, send messages, call friends, and even control the cooling systems in our homes and more. Due to the capabilities of these devices, many individuals are constantly distracted. While this may not be harmful in some instances, it is extremely hazardous when individuals allow themselves to be distracted by cellphones while driving.
According to statistics provided by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015, 3,477 individuals suffered fatal injuries in distracted driving accidents. Despite these horrendous statistics, many people still choose to text and drive or utilize their cell phones for other reasons while driving. Victims or family members of victims of such accidents can file personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits in pursuit of monetary compensation.
If you or a loved one was injured in a distracted driving accident, call Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP right away. Our Campbell distracted driving attorneys are ready to put aggressive representation on your side.
Three Forms of Driver Distraction
Although texting and driving may only seem like a minor distraction to some, utilizing a cell phone while operating a vehicle actually falls under all three forms of distracted driving, which include:
- Physical distraction: Physical distractions are those that remove a person’s hands from the steering wheel to participate in another activity.
- Cognitive distraction: Cognitive distractions are those that remove a person’s thought process from the action of driving. When a person is texting, their attention has been removed from the road and has refocused on the act of texting and the conversation itself.
- Visual distraction: Visual distractions are those that force a driver to remove their eyes from road conditions in order to look at another non-driving related entity.
Because texting a driving falls under all three forms of distracted driving, it can be considered one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving.
Let Us Help You Get Justice After a Distracted Driving Accident
Victims of distracted driving accidents reserve the right to file personal injury lawsuits against at-fault drivers. At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, we are passionate about helping car accident victims pursue maximum compensation for their injuries. When you choose to entrust your case with our team, you can rest easier knowing we will pursue compensation for any medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering you have incurred as a result of a distracted driving accident in the San Jose area.