Distracted driving is extremely dangerous, and every driver should be aware of the potential risks involved when driving distracted. In 2016, more than 3,400 people died in distracted driving accidents, so it’s important to be aware of how to prove this behavior if you’re injured in an accident like this. There are a variety of ways in which a driver can become distracted; some are intentional and some are not. Regardless, all drivers should exercise the utmost caution while driving and avoid distracted driving.
The most common manner of distracted driving is cell phone use. While Colorado has laws in place to deter cell phone use, it’s still a significant problem. Texting while driving tends to be the most dangerous use of a phone while driving, and many states have adopted a complete ban on this activity.
The three major types of driver distraction consists visual distractions that divert the eyes away from the road, manual distractions that require the use of the driver’s hands when they should be operating the steering wheel, and cognitive distractions such as mental preoccupation. Any of these distractions can prove catastrophic at any moment, so it’s important that you try to avoid any of these distractions yourself and report any notable distractions you may witness as you drive.
There is a variety of ways to prove distraction while driving. This includes the subpoenaing of the driver’s phone records, speaking with witnesses to the accident, the physical evidence left after the accident (makeup, food, a book etc.), as well as traffic camera data. Additionally, an attorney could call up an expert witness to testify as to what the evidence points to. Regardless, it is imperative that you gather as much evidence as possible following a crash by taking photos and contacting the police immediately, as well as contacting an experienced Fort Collins injury attorney immediately to help you prove what exactly happened.