Experienced Attorneys for Distracted Driving Accidents in Oklahoma City
Dependable representation after your car crash
Have you or a loved one been injured due to someone else’s recklessness or negligence on an Oklahoma road or highway? You need the assistance of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney with Cunningham & Mears. We provide skilled representation for cases involving distracted driving and work hard to seek compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and emotional pain and suffering. You can trust in our experienced team of dedicated Oklahoma City attorneys.
The dangers of distracted driving
Accidents involving distracted driving cause thousands of injuries and deaths each year. On average, nine people die and more than 1,060 are injured in accidents due to distracted driving each day in the United States. While texting and driving has gotten much more attention in recent years and is a very common form of distracted driving, there are many other dangers of which you should be aware. The main types of distracted driving are:
- Visual: This occurs when drivers take their eyes off the road to adjust the radio or read a text message, as examples.
- Manual: When drivers take their hands off the wheel, such as when reaching for something in the backseat, they are engaged in manual distracted driving.
- Cognitive: This occurs when drivers “space out” and take their mental attention off the road. This is the most difficult form of distracted driving to prove.
Of course, some accidents may fall under all of these categories. One reason texting and driving is so dangerous is that it distracts the driver visually, manually and cognitively. Drunk driving is another serious form of distraction, as the driver does not have the focus or reaction time needed to operate a motor vehicle safely.
Common issues related to distracted driving
Distractions may be internal or external and apply to all motor vehicle drivers, including motorcyclists, truck drivers and car drivers. External distractions include looking out the window at buildings, people, animals or anything else. Internal distractions, which are more common and typically more detrimental, include such things as using a cell phone, eating, reading, talking and adjusting a radio or GPS device.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has identified some of the most common sources of distraction, which are fixating on non-driving-related objects, smoking while driving, using a cell phone, and eating and drinking while driving. Understanding that these distractions are extremely dangerous will help protect you and others on the road.
You need a knowledgeable auto accident lawyer
After an auto accident due to distracted driving, speak with a dedicated personal injury lawyer with Cunningham & Mears right away. We offer free initial consultations, so give us a call at 405-232-1212 or contact us online to get started. Remember, we’re here for you when you need us most.