You would think that paying attention to the road, traffic signals and your surroundings would be easy to do while driving. It really should be, but most people do experience some level of distraction when behind the wheel of an automobile. Distractions lead to a number of motor vehicle accidents in Louisiana and elsewhere.
If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in an auto accident, you may question if driver distraction contributed to the event. If it did and you can prove that it did, you may be able to seek compensation for your losses. The problem really does come down to being able to prove the driver believed to have been at fault was not paying attention. Sometimes this is not easy to accomplish.
There are a number of things that can distract a person while driving. Any of them can be placed in one of three categories: cognitive, visual or manual. Cognitive distractions are probably the most difficult to prove as there really is no physical evidence that someone’s mind was on other things at the time of a crash. Visual and manual distractions, such as texting, talking on the phone, playing with the radio, eating or interaction with passengers — among many other actions — are easier to prove.
If you believe that driver distraction caused you to experience personal loss, whether physical, financial or emotional, it is okay to question it and seek compensation for your losses. A Louisiana-based attorney with experience handling distracted driver-related motor vehicle accidents may be able to help you by investigating the incident and pursuing legal actions against the party thought to be responsible if doing so is deemed appropriate. To learn more about how an attorney can be of assistance to you, please feel free to visit our firm’s website for more information.