Across the country, many states have implemented laws that are supposed to discourage drivers from operating a vehicle while distracted. Despite these laws, people continue to use their phones, and distracted driving continues to be a leading cause of car accidents in Louisiana and everywhere else. It is not clear if legislation can have a meaningful impact on the rate of personal injury incidents due to distraction.
For many drivers, the temptation of looking at a phone is impossible to resist. Whether it's a text notification, looking at Facebook or reading an email, taking the eyes of the road for even a second or two can result in devastating consequences. There is significant danger when a driver is inattentive, yet people may have a false sense of security because of state distracted driving laws.
Hands-free driving can also give drivers a false sense of security. However, even with hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, a person having a phone conversation can be mentally distracted. This can have the same result as looking at a phone or adjusting the radio while driving. Every person has the responsibility of making smart choices that do not endanger others while behind the wheel.
Personal injury incidents caused by distracted driving will likely continue to be a problem in Louisiana and across the country. While a person cannot control the actions of others, a victim of a personal injury incident has the right to seek compensation when he or she suffers harm. Through a civil claim, it is possible to hold liable parties accountable for their reckless or negligent actions.