Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in Arkansas and throughout the United States. Nearly all drivers use smartphones multiple times a day, and the temptation to use a cell phone while driving is high. Texting while driving and other types of distracted driving have the potential to cause devastating accidents.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver in Arkansas, you may be entitled to compensation. Victims of car accidents can recover compensation for their medical bills, lost income, property damage, and other expenses. Attorney Tim Reed has vast experience successfully advocating for car accident victims throughout Arkansas. Contact the Reed Firm today to learn more about how he can advocate for you.
Common Causes of Distracted Driving Accidents
Distracted driving comes in many forms. The US Department of Transportation defines distracted driving as “any activity that diverts attention from driving.” There are three main categories of distracted driving:
- Visually distracted driving occurs when drivers take their eyes off the road and look elsewhere.
- Manually distracted driving occurs when drivers use their hands for something other than driving.
- Cognitively distracted driving occurs when drivers’ minds are elsewhere and not focused on driving.
Some of the most common examples of distracted driving include the following:
- Talking on the phone while driving
- Texting while driving
- Adjusting the radio, temperature, navigation, or other controls in the vehicle
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Talking to a passenger while driving
- Checking social media
- Staring out the window and daydreaming
- Watching videos while driving
- Becoming distracted by pets or children in the vehicle
Why Is Distracted Driving So Dangerous?
Distracted driving is dangerous because it slows a driver’s reaction time. Looking down at a text message while driving, even if it is only for a few seconds, can cause drivers to drive a significant distance with their eyes off the road. When drivers aren’t completely focused on the road, other drivers, and important traffic signs, they’re more likely to run red lights, swerve into other drivers’ lanes, and fail to stop in time. They’re also less likely to see dangerous conditions and avoid them to prevent accidents.
Recovering Damages for Distracted Driving
Distracted driving accidents can cause devastating injuries. Injuries can range from concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. As a victim of a distracted driving accident, you may be facing significant, ongoing medical expenses. By pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, you may be entitled to the following types of damages:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Vehicle repair or replacement
- Loss of income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering as a result of the accident
- Property damage or loss
- Other expenses related to the accident
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
It is essential that injury victims understand that they only have a limited amount of time to pursue a claim. In most car accident cases, victims only have three years from the accident date to file a personal injury lawsuit. The sooner you discuss your case with an attorney, the sooner the attorney can begin gathering evidence in support of your case and developing an effective strategy.
Schedule a Consultation with a Little Rock, Arkansas Car Accident Attorney
Attorney Tim Reed believes that distracted drivers should be held accountable for the injuries they cause. He has a proven track record of successfully obtaining compensation for victims of negligent drivers. Contact the Reed Firm today to schedule a no-obligation, free consultation and learn more about your legal options.