Under distracted driving laws in Nevada, drivers are not allowed to text while driving. Texting is not, however, the only form of distracted driving that can lead to a serious injury accident. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of Las Vegas car accidents. Distracted driving can include a variety of activities, such as: texting while driving, talking on the cell phone, adjusting the GPS or temperature controls, changing CDs, or applying makeup.
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) offers a number of ways to avoid distracted driving. First and foremost, the GHSA recommends all drivers to turn off their phone or to put it in silent mode before getting in their car. If there is an important phone call, drivers would be well advised to pull over to a safe area before talking. Drivers who need to make a phone call or send a text should ask a passenger to use the phone for them rather than driving distracted. Even if you are using a phone hands-free, which is legal, talking while driving is likely to take your attention away from the road.
There are many forms of distracted driving that do not involve the use of cell phones. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as any activity or distraction that causes a motorist to take his or her eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off the task at hand.
Remember, distracted driving is negligent driving. If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident involving a distracted driver, call the Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at the law offices of Shook & Stone to find out how we can help. Call us today at (888) 662-2013 to schedule your free and comprehensive consultation.