Distracted driving is a major problem on the roads in the United States, leading to many car accidents. This is especially a problem for young drivers, but it is possible for a driver of any age to be distracted to the point that they cause a crash.
The issue is that a distracted driver is simply not paying enough attention to the road and is more likely to commit an error that they never would have made otherwise. Below are just a few examples of the errors that they could make:
A driver who is looking at the phone or looking down at the radio may accidentally get too close to the car ahead of them. This is especially problematic if traffic begins to slow down and that driver doesn’t realize it in time.
Drifting out of the lane
It used to be that a driver who drifted over the centerline was typically thought to be impaired by alcohol. This does still happen, of course, but many of these drivers are actually just looking down at the phone and not watching the road.
Running a stop sign
Stop signs and red lights exist to direct traffic, but someone who is distracted may not even realize that they’re there until it’s too late and they run through the intersection. If this happens as another car is crossing through that intersection on the opposite road, it can lead to a devastating accident at high speeds.
Have you been injured?
If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be able to seek financial compensation for medical bills and other costs.