Anybody can be injured in a crash that was no fault of one’s own. Unfortunately, there is very little that can be done when it comes to preventing accidents that are caused by reckless, negligent or distracted drivers. Therefore, it can be heartbreaking to have to suffer serious injuries as a result.
If you have been involved in an accident that you believe was caused by a distracted driver, there are many emotions that you are likely to feel. These may include anger, frustration and you may even experience depression. This can be even more difficult if your insurance company is failing to recognize the faults and the negligence of the other driver.
What is distracted driving?
All drivers have the duty to keep their focus on the road and on the safety of their driving at all times. When they do not keep this focus and engage in another activity instead, this is known as distracted driving. This can be very dangerous, and has led to many fatal and serious crashes. Common forms of distracted driving include texting during driving, taking selfies or using a phone, in general. Other forms of distracted driving are changing the radio station, tending to a child in the car or smoking.
What can be done if you have suffered injuries as a result of distracted driving in Ohio?
In Ohio, the use of a handheld device is not completely banned. Drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to use any wireless device, except in the event of an emergency. However, if you were injured by a driver that was using a phone at the time of the incident, you may be able to make a claim.
You must be able to show that the driver was being negligent in their use of the phone or by engaging in any other activity that they were being distracted by. It must also be shown that this activity caused the accident to happen and if they did not engage in this activity, you would not have been harmed.
If you have been injured in Ohio due to a distracted driver, it is important that you compile all of the evidence that you have and take action immediately to stand a chance of filing a successful claim.