Louisianan distracted driving is a serious concern on our roadways. It is important that victims of distracted driving accidents understand the protections available to them, if they have been injured in a distracted driving accident. Too many victims of distracted drivers, including motorcycle riders, suffer serious injuries and other types of harm because of the carelessness of a distracted driver.
A negligent distracted driver may be liable to compensate victims for their damages. Distracted driving includes engaging in any activity while driving that removes the driver's focus and attention from the roadway. It also includes manual distraction that removes the driver's hands from the wheel. All distracted driving is considered dangerous but texting while driving is considered especially dangerous because it removes the driver's focus, eyes and hands from the task of driving.
There are a variety of different laws aimed at reducing distracted driving and laws vary by state. It important to note that a citation for distracted driving, or criminal charges related to a distracted driving accident, may be considered negligence if the victim of the accident brings a claim for damages. Victims of distracted drivers may be able to recover damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.
Distracted driving laws protect other drivers and passengers on the roadways from the serious dangers of inattentive driving. In addition, personal injury legal protections are in place to protect victims and their families who have suffered harm because of the careless behavior and choices of a distracted driver.
Source: Traffic.FindLaw.com, "Distracted Driving," accessed on Aug. 22, 2017