Distracted Driving Awareness
The National Safety Council reports that 94% of all car crashes are the result of human error. This can include speeding, erratic lane changes, intoxication, or any number of other factors. Chief among these is distracted driving.
In 2016, the latest year for which full statistics are available, there were 3,450 deaths linked to distracted driving alone. This same behavior injured hundreds of thousands of men, women and children each year, resulting in medical bills, lost wages, and other difficulties for many of its victims.
If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident by a distracted driver, it is a good idea to speak with an experienced accident lawyer. These cases can be complex. Having an attorney review your claim can help you determine the best course forward.
What is Distracted Driving?
In the media, distracted driving is often used as a synonym for some variation of “texting while driving.” Indeed, this behavior is so dangerous it is banned in all but two states. However, only 15 states have chosen to ban all handheld electronic use while driving.
Texting while driving is one of the most common types of distracted driving and certainly one of the most dangerous. It is not the only type of distraction that leads to serious and fatal injury, though. Other common forms of distraction include:
- Eating or drinking
- Personal grooming
- Manipulating dashboard controls
- Changing music/adjusting the radio
- Programming or interacting with GPS
- Turning to talk to passengers
- Hands-free technologies
Auto manufacturers have pushed the myth that on-board electronics and hands-free options are the solution to distraction. The problem is, they have been shown to be even more distracting than hand-held devices. The bottom line is, there is no safe level of distraction. Drivers who are doing anything besides driving place every individual with whom they share the road at heightened risk for injury or death.
After an Accident
After an accident caused by a distracted driver, it can be helpful to discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer who can assess your claim, talk to you about all of your options, and help you choose the best way to move forward given the facts of your case.