A great number of car accidents are being caused by distracted drivers in Ohio and elsewhere. Victims of distracted drivers can be left with serious injuries and harm and need help with medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering damages and more.
When a car accident victim has suffered harm in an unexpected car accident, they may be aware that legal protections are available to help. They may also, however, wonder how a personal injury claim for damages works and in what circumstances they may be able to receive compensation for damages.
Distracted driving, including texting while driving, is an increasing danger on roadways throughout the country. During 2015, there were nearly 391,000 Americans injured in a car accident that involved a distracted driver. Legal options protect victims of distracted drivers.
Distracted driving is a danger to everyone on the roadways. A new law going into effect just before Christmas in Mantua, Ohio, will consider holding a pet while driving to constitute distracted driving. The law will also make holding a cellphone while driving a primary offense, which means that authorities can pull over and cite a driver for holding their cellphone while driving. Prior to this law, distracted driving was a secondary offense, meaning a motorist had to first be lawfully pulled over for another purpose.
Distracted driving is a serious concern on roadways throughout Ohio. A new distracted driving law recently went into effect that expanded the definition of distracted driving. The law includes a variety of activities, in addition to using a cell phone while driving or texting while driving, in its definition of distracted driving. The new definition includes activities while driving that are not necessary to the activity of driving that can impair, or be reasonably expected to impair, the driver's ability to drive safely while engaged in them.
Halloween is a time to dress up, eat some candy and embrace the spookier side of things. But as fun as this holiday is, it can also be treacherous for those who are on the road, as car accidents often spike during Halloween.