If you have been involved in an auto accident that was the direct result of a distracted driver, than you should contact the lawyers at the Injury Firm | Las Vegas right away to determine your rights. Distracted driving is a common cause of auto negligence in this day and age due to the existence of cell phones, smart phones, GPS maps, and fast food. Distracted driving is illegal. Failure to pay full time attention to the road is grounds for a citation pursuant to the Nevada Revised Statutes. Recently, the legislature has also enacted laws against using your cell phone while driving. Whenever a driver causes an accident while breaking the law, they are negligent per se, which establishes liability in favor of the auto accident victim.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is engaging in any activity that diverts a driver’s attention from the road, whether it be yelling at the children in the back, talking on a cell phone, texting, reading, looking at scenery, anything that takes the driver’s focus from the road is considered a distraction, and is grounds for establishing liability against an individual. Distracted driving is the number one cause of rear-end accident, but can also result in car accidents, due to running stop signs, running red lights, or merging into another lane. These types of accidents often result in injuries as they will often involve sudden impacts, without any time to prepare.
NRS 484B.165 makes it unlawful to use a handheld wireless communications device to type or enter text, send, or read data, engage in invoice communication or engage in voice communication without the use of a hands-free device. Failure to abide by that law will result in a citation and can be enough to establish negligence per se for a personal injury case.