Since vehicles were invented, there have been concerns about distracted driving. In the early 20th century, lawmakers worried that putting radios in vehicles would lead to an increase in accidents. Today, drivers in Ohio and elsewhere may be distracted by modern technology such as cellphones and navigation systems. They might also be distracted by relatively mundane tasks such as changing a radio station or talking to a passenger.
There are many actions that individuals can take to ensure that their focus is on the road while their vehicles are moving. For instance, it may be a good idea to allow passengers to program a GPS or to answer the phone if it rings. Drivers may also want to use smartphone apps or other tools that block incoming phone calls or text messages until a vehicle has stopped. Individuals are also encouraged to eat or drink while their vehicles are parked.
It can also be a good idea to avoid driving late at night when a person is more likely to be tired. It is important to note that drivers can be easily distracted regardless of how much experience that they have behind the wheel. According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), drivers over the age of 40 account for 23% of all distracted driving accidents.
Individuals who are involved in motor vehicle accidents may experience significant injuries that they may not fully recover from. An attorney may be able to help an accident victim obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future earnings. It may also be possible to obtain compensation for emotional distress or loss of consortium. Legal counsel may use witness statements or other evidence to show that an accident victim’s injuries were caused by another party’s negligence.