Distracted drivers cause over 500,000 injuries and thousands of deaths and each year. The numbers are astounding and quite frightening. With the increasing popularity of cell phones and the increased amount of activities you can perform on cell phones, the danger for distracted driving is only getting greater.
While many states are enacting bans on texting while driving, Hawaii does not yet have a ban across the entire state. However, in Honolulu and on Big Island, using a hand-held cell phone is a traffic violation.
In any case, focusing one’s attention on anything other than the road can be a form of negligence which a distracted driver can be held liable for. As a result, distracted driving is not just texting while driving or talking on a hand-held phone while driving. Similarly, it is not something that is only committed by teens and young twenty-year-olds. Distracted driving is eating while driving, playing with the radio while driving, or even looking at your passenger while driving if it takes your eyes off the road for more than a split second.
However, as a fellow driver on the road, it is difficult for you to prove that the other driver was driving while distracted. After all, you were not in the vehicle with the other driver to see what the driver was doing prior to the accident. Thus, it is important to contact a qualified personal injury attorney. An attorney can research the facts, and build a case to prove how the driver was distracted and how the distraction caused your injuries.
It is important to hold distracted drivers liable. Motorists who engage in any activity that takes his or her eyes off the roads puts everyone on the road at risk.
If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, you can recover damages for the other driver’s negligence. You can potentially recover damages for physical as well as financial injury.