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Smartphones are ubiquitous today thanks to technological advancements, and as a result, people are attached to their phones more than ever. Unfortunately, people don’t stop looking at their phones when they drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one out of four accidents on the road is caused by distracted driving, including texting while driving. Distracted driving causes more than 1,000 injuries and nine deaths every day. Distracted driving is considered negligence, and if you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, you’re entitled to financial compensation. Goodwin Law Office is pleased to offer free consultations with our Rio Rancho distracted driving accident attorney. With decades of experience and millions recovered, we can be relied on to handle your claim with ease while you rest and heal.

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Causes of Distracted Driving Accidents

Distracted driving, according to the NHTSA, involves anything that prevents a driver from focusing on the road. Drivers have an obligation to drive safely and prevent harm coming to others they share the road with; when distracted driving contributes to an accident and injuries, this can be considered negligence.

The number one cause of distracted driving is texting. Though sending a text to a friend can take just five seconds, taking your eyes off the road for five seconds is enough time for a pedestrian to walk into the middle of the street, or for the car in front of you to suddenly brake. When you’re speeding on the highway, your car can travel long distances in the time it takes to read a one-sentence text.

Other types of distracted driving include:

  • Eating or drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Checking social media or emails
  • Adjusting the radio or GPS
  • Controlling children or pets

Distractions can be visual, cognitive, or manual, despite the fact that many people assume distracted driving only applies to taking your eyes away from the road. Manual driving, for example, involves removing your hands from the wheel. Though your eyes may be alert, if you’re busy handling a sandwich or managing a pet, you won’t have enough time to grip the wheel to swerve and avoid a road obstacle. Cognitive distractions take a driver’s mind away from driving, so may not process clearly visible traffic signals or changes in traffic.

New Mexico’s Distracted Driving Laws

Over the years, more states have passed laws banning the use of handheld phones by drivers. New Mexico is one of these “hands-free” states and prohibits all drivers from using handheld mobile devices to read, view, or type texts while driving, with very few exceptions. The state also prohibits using handheld cell phones and all other portable communication devices while driving.

New Mexico also has a general distracted driving law, which broadly makes it illegal to drive without giving your “full time and entire attention” to driving. However, the state does allow the use of GPS or other navigation systems, and texting is allowed only through using a phone’s voice-operated, hands-free mode.

The penalties for distracted driving are as follows:

  • First offense: $25
  • Second or subsequent offense: $50
  • Commercial vehicle drivers who are cited for distracted driving may be banned from driving a commercial vehicle for life

It’s worth mentioning that if drivers are cited for distracted driving in an accident, none of this money goes towards the victims. This is why it’s important to hire a personal injury lawyer who can help you file your own claim so you’re able to secure financial compensation for your injuries.

Damages We Can Recover

When drivers are distracted, they also may not realize that they’re speeding. As a result, the force applied in these accidents can cause serious injuries and even fatalities. The more serious injuries are, the more expensive they can be to treat. A severe head injury, for example, may require surgery or hospitalization, which can cost thousands of dollars in medical bills.

Our attorney can work with you to calculate the costs of your damages after an accident and pursue the full amount of compensation you need. Along with medical bills, we can also pursue coverage for the wages you’ve lost after taking time off work, as well as property damage and pain and suffering. Our attorney is known for honesty, and we strive to be straightforward with our clients throughout their time with us.

Our Rio Rancho distracted driving accident attorney has recovered millions successfully for past clients and can help you get the maximum amount of compensation available to you when you call (505) 340-2223.

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