In the last decade, the number of distracted driving car accidents in the United States has gone through the roof. With 387,000 injuries last year alone, distracted driving makes up a sizable chunk of all annual car accidents in our country, and this is leading many organizations to label it an epidemic. Our lawyers want to remind you that all distractions endanger the safety of the driver, their passengers, and all other people on the road, and emphasize that every single one of these accidents are avoidable. If we are going to be successful in curbing distracted driving one of the best ways to start is by educating people on how dangerous it can be, and teaching a new generation how to deal with the ubiquity of technology in todays society.
According to distraction.gov, distracted driving is “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” The rapidity of technological advancement in the last decade has benefitted the auto industry in many ways, but during this time smartphones, navigation systems, video players, Mp3 devices, and various other types of electronics have also made their way into our vehicles. (Distraction.gov)
Driving while using a cell phone can reduce the amount of brain activity that a driver devotes to the road by almost 30%, and texting messaging creates a crash risk that is 23 times worse than that of a normal driver. On an optimistic note, many brand new cars have implemented features to stop some forms of distracted driving, such as not allowing drivers to input addresses unless the vehicle is in park, however these are years away from saturating the market enough to make an impact. (VTTI; Carnegie Mellon)
At present, our best bet for making a positive impact is to get drivers and passengers to understand the deleterious effects that distraction has on their ability to get from point A to point B safely. Technology is not going anywhere any time soon, so it is essential that we all learn to utilize these new tools responsibly, and in the proper time and place.
Our attorneys have a 21-year history of success handling thousands of different personal injury cases, including instances of distracted and negligent driving. By making the decision to stay attentive behind the wheel, you dramatically reduce your likelihood of being involved in an auto accident, but you can’t always plan for the actions of others. Since 1992, our lawyers have recovered more than $520 million in settlements for our clients and their families, helping them pay medical bills and insurance costs, and holding reckless drivers responsible for their actions.
If you or someone you know is in need of legal counsel, or has experienced a serious injury because of the wrongful actions of another, feel free to call us for a free consultation.