About Nevada's Laws Against Distracted Driving
On January 1, 2012, the state of Nevada banned texting, the ability to access the internet, and the use of hand-held cell phones while driving to persons of all ages. When the law was enacted, the Nevada Highway Patrol noticed positive results in that very few offenders were repeat offenders, meaning these laws were and have been effective.
But, why did Nevada find it necessary to enact such laws? According to statistics provided by Distraction.Gov, roughly 410,000 persons suffered injuries in distracted driving accidents while an additional 3,179 individuals suffered fatal injuries in collisions involving distracted drivers. As a result, state lawmakers decided it was time to act in order to decrease the amount of distracted collisions that take place and cause harm to victims.
Types of Distracted Driving
As many already know, distracted driving can occur in various forms. Many sources categorize distracted driving causes into three categories, which have been listed below:
· Physical Distraction:
This type of distraction occurs when a person removes one hand from the steering wheel in order to participate in another activity that is not driving. For example, a person holding food and eating while driving is physically distracted since one or both hands are removed from the steering wheel in order to eat.
· Visual Distraction:
This type of distraction occurs when a person removes their eyes from the road in order to participate in another activity. A person who may be looking down at their phone to view a text, even if their hands remain on the steering wheel, participate in distracted driving since they are unable to see the road completely.
· Cognitive Distraction:
This type of distraction occurs when a person’s mind is not completely focused on the act of driving because it is distracted by other means. For example, a person that is talking to another person through a Bluetooth connection participates in distracted driving even if their hands remain on the steering wheel and their eyes remain on the road.
Common Forms of Distracted Driving:
Although distracted driving accidents can be caused by various acts, Distraction.Gov states that many distracted driving collisions occur due to the following acts:
- Talking on the cellphone
- Using a smartphone for other reasons
- Talking to passengers in the vehicle
- Looking at maps
- Utilizing navigation systems
- Adjusting radio, CD player, MP3 player dials on the dashboard
Involved in an Accident Caused by a Distracted Driver?
If you have suffered injuries in a vehicle collision involving a physically, cognitively, or visually distracted driver, we encourage you to get in touch with our Reno distracted driving accident lawyers at Joey Gilbert Law right away. At our firm, we believe all accident victims harmed by distracted drivers reserve the right to retain aggressive legal representation, and that is why we are here. When you contact our team, we will review your case and guide you through the legal process that can best safeguard your rights and help you recover the monetary compensation you deserve!
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