Distracted drivers are responsible for a large number of accidents in Louisiana and across the country. Along with the rise in the popularity of cellphones, there has also been a sharp increase in the number of drivers who are doing things besides driving. This type of negligent behavior is responsible for a rise in personal injury incidents.
The statistics about distracted driving are sobering. In 2017, approximately 3,100 people died in accidents related to distraction. Many of these people were not the person behind the wheel. Distracted driving is a threat to other motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and passengers. It is inexcusable, and despite the clear risk associated with it, many people continue to engage in distracting behaviors while operating a motor vehicle.
Drivers of all ages are susceptible to the temptation of looking at their phones while driving. Statistics indicate that older drivers are less likely to look at their phones, but some still do it. Millennials and teen drivers are particularly likely to pick up their phones while driving. Regardless of the age of the driver, even a moment of distraction can have devastating consequences.
Each Louisiana driver is responsible for the choices he or she makes while behind the wheel. If a person is the victim of distracted driving, that person may be able to claim financial compensation for his or her losses and damages through a personal injury claim. Through this specific type of legal action, it is possible to hold negligent parties accountable. An assessment of the individual case can allow a person to know if this an appropriate course of action.