Accident Lawyers Holding Distracted Drivers Accountable in Forsyth County
There is no question that life can be busy, and we often have a lot on our minds at once. When you are driving, it is easy to be tempted to use that time to multitask, especially if you are stuck in traffic on your commute. However, engaging in any activity aside from the task of driving can be dangerous, as it takes your mind, eyes, or hands away from the road or the steering wheel.
Distracted drivers are all around us, despite education and awareness of the serious risks of distractions. If you are in an accident because another driver was distracted, you should contact an experienced Forsyth County distracted driving accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact Banks, Stubbs & McFarland to learn about your legal options.
Common Distractions While Driving
Distracted driving has been a problem since people started driving motor vehicles. Distractions are considered to be anything that:
- Takes your eyes off the road
- Takes your hands off the wheel
- Takes your focus off the task of driving.
In recent decades, cell phones and smartphones have become ubiquitous, which exponentially increased the number of distracted drivers on the roads. Now, almost everyone has little computers in their cars with them, which can make it tempting to check your email, send a quick message, order some items online, make calls, and complete other tasks on your smartphone.
Many drivers assume that since they are only glancing at their phones for a perceived second, reading a text or checking a website is not that dangerous. However, smartphone usage is particularly dangerous because it combines all three types of driver distractions - eyes, hands, and focus. Texting or messaging is largely considered to be one of the most dangerous forms of distraction, leading to laws banning texting and driving - or even handheld device usage - in almost every state. Still, you can see many drivers who are clearly looking down at their phones while driving, which can lead to crashes.
There are many other distractions that can cause accidents, as well, including:
- Paying attention to children in the backseat
- Reaching for something in the passenger area
- Programming a GPS
- Using hands-free technology
- Listening to audiobooks or podcasts
- Talking to passengers
- Personal grooming
- Eating and drinking
Recovering from Distracted Drivers
After an accident, a driver will rarely admit that they were distracted. Instead, you often have to prove fault based on the erratic or dangerous driving that the distraction caused. This might include:
- Drifting into other lanes
- Failing to yield
- Not stopping for traffic or a red light in time
- Overcorrecting or swerving
An experienced attorney can help you show that a distracted driver should be liable for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Contact a Forsyth County Distracted Driving Lawyer for Help
If another driver caused your crash, you want the legal team of Banks, Stubbs & McFarland on your side. Call 770-887-1209 or contact us online for a free consultation with a Cumming distracted driving accident lawyer.