VA Reckless Driving Lawyer Explains Distracted Driving

You may have heard about distracted driving. It’s getting a lot of publicity on Internet websites and blogs, but you may wonder what it is exactly and why you need to know about it.

What is distracted driving?

Distracted driving happens when a driver engages in any activity that could divert his attention from the primary task of driving. Of course, drivers have been distracted by things since the very first car rolled down the street. However, with electronic devices, distracted driving has become a much bigger, more serious problem.

What things are considered distractions?

A driver may be distracted by many things. For example, a driver might be distracted by:

  • Texting;
  • Talking on a cell phone;
  • Eating;
  • Drinking;
  • Talking to passengers;
  • Soothing a crying baby;
  • Breaking up a fight between siblings;
  • Looking for a location on a map;
  • Using a navigation system;
  • Grooming; or
  • Adjusting the radio.

Why should I worry about distracted driving?

Any type of distracted driving can endanger the driver, passengers, bystanders, and other motorists. A distracted driver faces a greater risk of being involved in a serious car accident.

What’s more, in Virginia, a distracted driver could also be pulled over for “reckless driving.” If a distraction causes a driver to do something that catches the attention of a police officer or that places people in danger, the driver may face a Virginia reckless driving charge.

What should I do if I’m pulled over for reckless driving because I was distracted?

If you get pulled over for distracted driving, contact Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC. You may reach us by filling out an online form or by calling us toll-free at 888-783-9701. We help people fight reckless driving charges. We represent clients in Spotsylvania County, Caroline County, Stafford County, Louisa County, Culpeper County, Hanover County, Essex County, King George County, and Madison County.