Many people in Virginia work in the health care industry to support themselves and their children. In addition to seeing patients, either at a hospital or a clinic, a daily commute to and from work is just part of the average day to them. However, a daily commute can turn into disaster if you are struck by a distracted driver.

In what ways can a driver be distracted?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are three main ways a motorist can be distracted while behind the wheel. A driver is visually distracted when they take their eyes off the road. A driver is manually distracted when they take their hands off the wheel. And, a driver is cognitively distracted when their mind is off the task of driving.

Case study: texting and driving

Let’s examine at a common distraction: texting and driving. Texting and driving is especially dangerous because it involves all three types of distractions. A driver must take their eyes off the road to read a text message — a visual distraction. A driver must take their hands off the wheel to send a text message — a manual distraction. Finally, a driver who is reading to or responding to a text message is no longer paying attention to the road — a cognitive distraction. It is easy to see, then, why texting and driving is a major contributor to car accidents.

Hold distracted drivers accountable for their actions

Distracted driving accidents can leave a person with medical issues and other hardships that may last a lifetime. Being unable to provide for your family can be a huge blow, emotionally and financially. For this reason, some people who have suffered injuries due to a distracted driver reach out to personal injury attorneys for help. An attorney can be there for their client from the initial consultation and throughout the trial process. While no results can be guaranteed, holding distracted drivers accountable in court may be one way to secure the financial compensation needed to move on from the crash.