Many people make the mistake of assuming that distracted driving refers only to cell phone use. While cell phone use while driving is distracted driving, it is not the only definition of it. There are many other behaviors that people engage in behind the wheel that are distracting and cause accidents. Here’s what you need to know.
What Constitutes Distracted Driving?
Any behavior that keeps you from giving your full attention to the road and your surroundings can be considered a distraction. Eating, changing the radio station, putting on makeup, and even talking to passengers can be considered distracting, especially if these behaviors cause or contribute to a car accident.
What Are the Laws in Indiana About Distracted Driving?
Although many other states have passed laws that penalize many different forms of distracted driving, Indiana has laws relating to the use of cell phones only. All cell phone use is prohibited for drivers under the age of 18, and texting and driving is prohibited and can result in a $500 fine.
Can a Person Driving Distracted Be Held Liable?
If an individual was driving distracted — even if they weren’t using their cell phone — they may still be held liable for the damages resulting from an accident if it can be proven that the distraction directly caused the accident. If, for example, an accident was caused by an individual who ran a red light because they were unwrapping a sandwich, they may be considered at fault for being distracted and also breaking the law and running a red light.
When to Contact a Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one were hurt in a car accident caused by someone who may have been driving while distracted — even if they weren’t using a cell phone at the time they were driving — it’s important to contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Your lawyer can begin gathering evidence about the crash and can help determine fault, which is the most important piece of the car accident claim puzzle.
At the Sarkisian Law Offices, we can provide you with the experienced legal representation you need after a car accident and will fight for you to obtain the compensation you deserve for the damages you’ve incurred. Call today for a consultation to discuss your case in detail with a seasoned lawyer at (219) 942-7171.