Distracted Driving Accidents
According to the U.S. Government, in 2011 there were 387,000 people injured
in various motor vehicle collisions that were caused by some form of distracted
driving. In that same year, there were
3,331 fatalities also due to those driving while distracted. What constitutes distracted driving? It involves any type of action that
takes the driver's focused attention away from the road and places
it elsewhere. It is the responsibility of every driver on the road to
keep themselves, their passengers and other drivers safe by remaining
attentive to their primary task of driving. While many distractions may
seem minor to the driver, they can actually end up causing catastrophic
injuries, even resulting in death. Consult with our Seattle personal injury
lawyer if you have been a victim of this kind of accident.
Types of Distractions
Many people feel somewhat invincible when driving as if the car could almost
drive itself without the help of a driver. They take their hands of the
wheel, look at their phones or turn to talk with their friends without
considering the fact that sudden changes can occur on the road at any
second. Looking away from the street ahead could easily cause a vehicle
to miss seeing that a light has changed from green to red, that a car
has merged in front of them or that the highway is coming to a quick stop.
These common distractions include, but are not limited to the following:
- Drinking and eating
- Grooming (ie: fixing hair, applying makeup, flossing teeth, etc)
- Talking on the phone
- Having conversations with other passengers
- Reading a map or even a book
- Looking down to adjust the radio, iPod, CD player, air conditioning controls
or other controls
- Using a GPS system
Those that choose to take their eyes off the road or act in a careless
manner endangering the lives of others around them should be held accountable
for their actions. Always speak with a knowledgeable lawyer after a
car accident related to distracted driving.
The Danger of Handheld Devices
All of the above can be the cause of a horrible accident, yet texting is
by the far one of the most dangerous. There were 196 billion text messages
sent throughout the U.S. in just the month of June 2011. Additionally,
when drivers choose to use any sort of handheld device or phone on the
road, they are
4 times more like to seriously injure themselves in a crash. Even those that choose to use a headset and keep both of their hands-free,
which is legal, it still reduces the amount of brain activity that is
utilized most when driving by 37 percent, according to Carnegie Mellon.
Overall, it comes down to common sense and realizing that performing any
other type of task while trying to drive can quickly become a dangerous
situation. For those that have been the victim of injury or lost a loved
one due to texting and driving, please contact our firm right away. With
our compassionate legal team, we are prepared to seek justice on your behalf.
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