Were You Injured by a Distracted Driver?
At the Voorhies Law Firm, our lawyers represent injured victims in all types of car wreck cases, including those that involve distracted driving. We understand the emotional, physical, and financial toll that a car accident can take on the injured parties and their families, and it is our aim to help our clients to obtain as much compensation as possible.
Having a former insurance defense attorney on our team, we have access to valuable insight into how insurance companies handle personal injury claims and what they look for when they are negotiating a settlement. In fact, one of our attorneys has been selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers® listing for Rising Stars℠, and as one of the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 by the American Society of Legal Advocates.
How Driver Distraction is Defined:
Driver distraction is defined as anything that diverts the driver's attention away from the task of driving and, thereby, responding to critical events. A distraction is anything that takes the driver's eyes off of the road (a visual distraction), anything that takes his or her mind off of the road (a cognitive distraction) or anything that causes the driver to take his or her hands off of the steering wheel (a manual distraction). Often, one activity involves more than one category. For example, eating involves both visual and manual distraction, and texting while driving involves all three forms of distraction.
What are common forms of distracted driving?
The most common forms of distracted driving are talking on a cell phone, eating or drinking, reading, applying make up or some other form of grooming , operating a navigation system, changing stations on a radio, talking to other passengers in the car, or texting.
Is it safe to use a hands-free device?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the research available on cell phone use, whether it is with a hand-held device or a hands-free device, inhibits the driver's performance. So, the driver is more inclined to miss the key audio and visual cues that are needed in order to avoid a collision. Although hand-held devices may be slightly less safe, hands-free devices are not that much better for safety.
Is it legal to text while driving in Louisiana?
Louisiana has a ban on texting for all drivers, regardless of age. In addition, the state also has a ban on all cell phone use for drivers with a learner's permit and/or an intermediate license. Likewise, there is a ban for bus drivers and those who are under 18 years of age, commonly referred to as novice drivers.
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In 2012, according to the NHTSA, 3,328 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and another 421,000 people were injured, making distracted driving a potential deadly form of driver negligence. This is especially true when it involves texting while driving, which is considered to be the most dangerous distracted driving behavior there is.
We urge you to contact a New Orleans auto accident attorney from the Voorhies Law Firm if you were injured by a distracted driver. Allow us to handle the claims process for you so that you can focus on recovering and taking care of yourself and your loved ones.