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A brief moment of distraction can cause a lifetime of suffering

The ability to multitask can be beneficial in numerous areas of life. Whether at home or work, you might be completely capable of handling multiple tasks at once, even in the presence of distractions. However, there are some areas that require full concentration, and a divide in attention during actions such as driving can be extremely dangerous.

Car accidents often occur in the blink of an eye and have the potential to end in catastrophe. Perhaps while out driving, a car failed to adhere to a traffic sign and struck you, causing you to suffer severe injuries in the process. Chances are, you might have been the victim of distracted driving.

Types of distracted driving

Any action that takes a driver's attention off the task at hand inherently increases the chance for a disastrous collision to occur, even if the action only takes a couple of seconds. A vehicle can travel several hundred feet during that time, and the distance only increases with speed. Although there are numerous actions that can contribute to such negligence, some of the more common types of distracted driving include the following:

  • Talking on a cell phone
  • Sending or reading a text message
  • Eating or drinking
  • Carrying on a conversation with passengers
  • Interacting with entertainment center or GPS

The moment it takes to carry out an unnecessary task while driving is not worth the possible consequences. Recent studies list distracted driving as the cause of over 3,000 traffic fatalities and almost 400,000 injuries over the span of one year alone. California and other states are constantly updating traffic laws to cull such negligence, but controlling the actions of every individual can be extremely challenging, if not impossible.

Pursuing compensation

Motor vehicle collisions are unexpected events that can cause you a great deal of pain and suffering. Your injuries can create various challenges in life, such as difficulty returning to work for an extended period. When coupled with extensive medical expenses, loss of income can place you under a significant financial burden. If a distracted driver was at fault in the accident, you might choose to seek financial restitution, but the process can be complex.

You could retain the services of an attorney for assistance in navigating the process. A personal injury attorney can evaluate the circumstances around the accident, along with your financial needs, and assist you in pursuing the full amount of compensation you deserve from every applicable source, which could help ease your financial woes and allow you to move forward with your recovery.

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