What many drivers in Queens fail to realize is that distraction is not just about taking one's eyes off of the road. Sure, not looking at the road, the pedestrians, the bicyclists or the other vehicles certainly is a sign of distraction, but it is entirely possible to be distracted while still looking at the things one is supposed to look at. Distraction really is what it says: something that distracts from the task at hand, which includes having a conversation. For drivers using hands-free technology to have conversations behind the wheel, there is still a very real risk of distraction.
Just think about all the things that one has to pay attention to while driving. Besides the things a driver has to keep an eye on, he or she must also not drive too fast, drive too slowly, follow the rules of the road, stay in his or her lane, and maintain a safe distance from all the other vehicles on the road. This takes incredible concentration, so even the slightest distraction can cause an accident, pain and suffering, or death.
The victims of car accidents can seek compensation from the distracted drivers who hit them. By working with a car crash attorney to file a personal injury lawsuit, a victim can sue for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and many of the other bills that arise following a car accident. By showing that a driver was distracted, it goes far to proving the driver's negligence and recklessness.
Source: Insurance Journal, “Why Hands-Free Cell Phones Are Not Safer: Safety Council,” April 15, 2014