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Distracted driving and the threat to Oklahoma drivers

Distraction is a major threat to the safety of all drivers on Oklahoma roads and highways. Beginning with the increase in the number of drivers who use their phones while driving, many vehicles now come with built-in technology that also distracts and endangers drivers. Distraction of all types is dangerous, inexcusable and completely preventable.

If you are a victim of a car accident, it is possible that distraction played a role. You should not have to carry the burden of someone else's negligence, but may take the appropriate steps required to secure the financial recovery you need for your medical bills and other accident-related losses. An experienced attorney can determine if you are a victim of distracted driving and help you understand the legal options available to you.

Visual, cognitive and physical distraction

Distracted driving is more than just texting and driving. There are three main types of distraction, all of which are a threat to the health and safety of other drivers. These include:

  • Cognitive distraction: This involves mental distraction and can include anything that steals a driver's attention or focus. Cognitive distraction can cause an accident without a driver ever taking a hand off the steering wheel.
  • Manual distraction: This occurs when a driver removes his or her hand from the steering wheel for any reason, whether it is texting or adjusting the radio.
  • Visual distraction: When something causes a driver to remove his or her eyes from the road for any reason, whether it is a distracting billboard or looking at a passenger, this is a visual distraction.

Texting and driving or the use of a smartphone app while driving are some of the most common and most dangerous types of behaviors that lead to car accidents. This is because they involve all three types of distraction simultaneously.

Your rights as a victim

Insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind, and it may seem difficult to navigate the claims process to a successful outcome. You have rights, and you may fight for the best possible outcome to your case with the help of an experienced attorney.

Your legal ally should have the acumen to effectively navigate the claims process while still advocating for your rights and interests. Distracted driving is a serious problem and public safety concern, but victims may fight for justice and recovery.

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