When behind the wheel, a driver’s primary responsibility will be to drive safely and focus on the task at hand. This means making the choice to set aside phones, avoid using infotainment systems as much as possible and keeping eyes on the road. Despite a general understanding of the dangers of distracted driving, many drivers still engage in this dangerous behavior. Distraction can increase the chance of an accident and make it more likely that someone will cause harm to innocent motorists.
While distracted driving is a problem for every demographic, there are some groups that may be more likely to do so. Each individual is responsible for the choices made while behind the wheel, particularly if those choices caused harm to an innocent individual. If you are suffering due to a distraction-related accident, you may have grounds to pursue recovery through a civil claim.
Focusing on safe driving
Studies find that distracted driving may be more prevalent during certain times of year when people may have more on their minds and have more to do. During times when traffic is heavier, the added element of distraction can make the roads even more dangerous for everyone. One group of people who may be particularly prone to driving while distracted are gig workers. These are rideshare drivers, food delivery drivers and others who may use their phones to track orders, pick up new jobs and talk to customers.
Another group that is particularly prone to distracted driving is parents. These drivers may be driving with noisy children, or they be using their phones to entertain their kids. Parents are also often tired, and they are prone to multitasking. This contributes to a likelihood that they will be driving while distracted.
The safety of all motorists
Just one moment of distraction can have devastating consequences. Even if a driver has both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, a distracted mind can be as dangerous as reading a text message. All Louisiana drivers should make the choice to minimize distractions as much as possible, focusing their minds on the task at hand as long as they are behind the wheel. As a victim of a distracted driving accident, you may benefit from seeking insight regarding the possibility of a civil claim.