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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the road is considered distracted driving. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in an accident due to distracted driving in Columbus, contact The Law Offices of Kevin Kurgis today. You can rely on our experienced attorneys to work hard and help you get the compensation you deserve.
Types of Distracted Driving
Although multitasking is beneficial at the office, it can have catastrophic results when mixed with driving on Ohio roads. Focusing on traffic and immediate surroundings is critical for drivers to avoid a crash. Although smartphone use while driving has gotten significant attention recently, other activities also cause loss of focus and increase the risk for those behind the wheel:
- Using GPS/Navigation system
- Talking with passengers
- Personal grooming
- Eating and drinking
- Changing music or temperature
- Speaking on the phone
Studies show that drivers take their eyes off the road for approximately five seconds for texts. This means that a car traveling 55 mph can travel the length of a football field without watching where they are going or what’s around them.
Distracted Driving Law
Texting while driving law went into effect in 2012. Initially, the statute explicitly prohibited texting when behind the wheel. Today it includes the other activities, either within or outside the car, that divert attention from the road. Despite the ruling, distracted driving accounted for almost 14,000 Ohio traffic accidents in 2017.
For teen drivers 18 years and under it’s a primary offense. Police officers can stop young drivers and cite them for using their phones for texting or talking and those who are not paying attention to the road. It’s a secondary offense for adults over 18 years. This means that while texting or distracted driving cannot be the main reason law enforcement pulls them over; officers can issue a citation for it in addition to the violation for which they stopped the vehicle.
Why Choose The Law Offices of Kevin Kurgis
Negligent driving affects more than those people sharing the road with the driver. Victims may be walking or riding their bike and still be injured or killed by a distracted driver. Proving the driver was distracted at the time of an accident can be challenging. Police and car accident investigators look for evidence of distractions, such as cell phone use and eyewitness accounts, after the crash.
The team at The Law Offices of Kevin Kurgis are experienced, professional car accident lawyers in Ohio. We can help you file a claim and make sure you get medical attention and settlement you deserve.
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Our lawyers have specific experience with:
- Rollover, rear-end, and intersection collisions, crashes, and accidents
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Uninsured and underinsured drivers
- Wrongful death suits
- Alcohol and drug-related accidents
- And more
We can help you document your injuries and get the medical attention you deserve.
And remember, “I don’t get paid, unless you get paid.”
The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kevin Kurgis serve serious injury and wrongful death cases in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron, Dayton, Parma, Canton, Youngstown, Lorain, Hamilton, Springfield, Kettering, Elyria, Lakewood, Cuyahoga Falls, Euclid, Middletown, Mansfield, Newark, Findlay, Urbana, Chillicothe and Zanesville OH areas.
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