Distracted Driving Attorneys in New Orleans, LA
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Distracted Driving, Defined
The definition of distracted driving includes any behavior that diverts the driver's attention away from the task of driving. A distraction is anything that takes the driver's eyes off of the road (a visual distraction), their mind off of driving (a cognitive distraction) or their hands off of the steering wheel (a manual distraction). Often, one activity involves more than one category of distraction. For example, eating involves both visual and manual distraction, and texting while driving involves all three forms of distraction.
What are common forms of distracted driving?
The most common forms of distracted driving are:
- talking on a cell phone,
- eating or drinking,
- applying makeup or some other form of grooming,
- operating a navigation system,
- changing stations on a radio,
- talking to other passengers in the car,
- or texting.
If someone was exhibiting any of these behaviors at the time of your accident, you probably have a personal injury lawsuit on your hands.
Is it safe to use a hands-free device?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and all available research, cell phone use inhibits driving performance whether drivers use hand-held or hands-free devices.
When a driver is otherwise engaged, they are more likely to miss the key audio and visual cues that help them avoid a collision. Although hand-held devices may be slightly less safe, hands-free devices are not that much better.
Is it legal to text while driving in Louisiana?
Louisiana has a ban on texting for all drivers, regardless of age. Additionally, the state also has a ban on all cell phone use for drivers with a learner's permit and/or an intermediate license. Likewise, there is a ban for bus drivers and those who are under 18 years of age, commonly referred to as novice drivers.
In 2012, NHTSA statistics revealed that 3,328 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and another 421,000 people were injured. Distracted driving is a potentially deadly form of driver negligence. This is especially true when it involves texting while driving, which is considered to be the most dangerous distracted driving behavior.
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