Distracted driving includes anything that may take a driver’s full attention off of the road – even for a short period of time. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration breaks distraction into three primary categories:
- Visual – taking eyes off of the road
- Cognitive – focusing on things not related to operating a vehicle
- Manual – taking hands off of the wheel
All three forms of distraction increase risks for causing an accident and injuring or killing the occupants of other vehicles.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a distracted driving accident, please contact GoldenbergLaw to schedule a free consultation today. Consultations can also be made by calling our Minneapolis office at 612-436-5026.
Leading Causes of Distracted Driving
Handheld cellphone use – such as texting – is often viewed as the biggest form of distracted driving, but there is evidence to suggest that even hands-free electronics create inattentive drivers and increase risks of accidents. This makes it best to completely avoid using electronic devices – by hand or voice – while driving.
Other common forms of distracted driving include:
- Eating or drinking
- Personal grooming
- Adjusting on-board entertainment systems
- Programming GPS
- Turning to talk to passengers
Driving is a singular task that demands and deserves complete attention. Any form of multitasking while operating a car, truck, or SUV is dangerous and places your life and the lives of those around you at risk. Our Minneapolis auto accident lawyers strongly encourage you to refrain from this type of reckless behavior.
Understanding Your Rights
It is illegal for drivers to read, compose, or send electronic communications while driving in Minnesota. However, despite statistics from the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety satating that one in four car accidents in our state is caused by distraction, this remains the only distracted driving law in Minnesota. It is important to remember that, even if a motorist is engaged in another form of distracted driving when they cause an accident, you may still be entitled to compensation. Our car accident lawyers are here to evaluate your case, fight for your rights, and help you secure the total compensation you deserve.