When one thinks of a distracted driver, it is easy to think about a young driver who is fixated on the texts coming in on their phone, even if they are driving down the highway at 65 miles-per-hour or driving down a busy street. However, distracted drivers in Louisiana come in all ages and drive many different types of vehicles, from compact cars to semi-trucks.
With that said, it is still surprising how many drivers are parents. It is equally surprising how many parents admit to distracted driving with their children in the car with them. According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, 90 percent of driving parents admitted to at least one of the 10 major distractions identified in their survey.
The distractions identified included, eating and drinking, using cell phones (i.e. texting, talking or emailing), passing snacks to kids or picking up dropped items, and reading displays on GPS modules. Indeed, eating and drinking were reported more commonly than texting or talking on phones, but the survey is an indicator of a troubling trend among drivers. Essentially, electronic devices are not the only things to be worried about when it comes to distracted driving.
Despite these numbers, all drivers in Louisiana have a duty to use reasonable care while driving. This means that they have an obligation to refrain from such risky behaviors. If they fail to do so, and such a failure is found to be the proximate cause of an accident, the offending driver could be held liable.
If you have questions about your legal rights after being involved in an accident with a distracted driver, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you.