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How legal options can help victims of distracted drivers

Unfortunately, car accidents that result in serious damages and harm to victims can be caused by distracted driving. Distracted driving is a danger on the roadways and victims of distracted drivers should understand how they are legally protected.

Distracted driving includes any activity that removes the driver’s attention and focus from the roadway. Distracted driving behaviors can include texting while driving, using a cell phone while driving, grooming while driving, eating while driving, operating and navigation device or radio while driving or engaging in other dangerous driving behaviors as well. Distracted driving behaviors generally fall into three main categories which are defined by cognitive distraction, visual distraction and manual distraction.

Victims of distracted driving-related car accidents may suffer a host of damages following a car accident. Personal injury legal protections are an option to help victims recover compensation for those damages. Distracted driving behaviors can generally be considered evidence of negligence. A driver is negligent when they have failed to exercise reasonable care for the safety of those they share the roadways with. A distracted driver typically is not exercising reasonable care for the safety of others. Personal injury legal protections can help with medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.

When a car accident victim makes a personal injury claim for damages they can ensure a negligent and careless driver, such as a distracted driver, is held accountable and obtain the help they need with the damages the distracted driver has caused them. Personal injury legal protections help car accident victims who may have their lives significantly disrupted by an unexpected car accident.

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