Distracted driving laws vary from state to state.
Many states have enacted laws regarding specific distractions, including talking on hand-held devices and texting. Some states punish distracted driving activities through statutes that generally define distracted driving as doing something while operating a motor vehicle which:
- Is not necessary for operating the vehicle; and
- Impairs or may impair the drivers ability to drive safely
Proving distracted driving negligence or recklessness.
The numbers don’t lie. Distracted driving is dangerous and often deadly. Individuals who are involved in accidents and are found to have been driving while distracted may be held responsible for any injuries or damages they cause.
Even in states where there is no specific law against the specific action of the driver, evidence of distracted driving can help prove negligence or reckless behavior ― potentially leading to a personal injury lawsuit.