Personal Injury Law – Distracted Drivers Causing Accidents
In this age of instant information, many of us expect instant communication. Business, recreation or relationship communications are often seen as urgent in the moment – even if the moment is spent behind the wheel of an automobile.
Texting, cell phone conversation, or myriad other electronic communications – including navigation and traffic information services – can distract drivers to the point of causing a fatality. And since driving is an activity that requires one’s full attention, most would agree that a driver should have both hands on the wheel and his or her eyes on the road. That precludes texting, talking on the phone, or playing with the onboard navigation. More on this website
Lack of Attention
But it isn’t just electronic devices that distract drivers. Distractions can be an in-depth discussion with a passenger, trying to eat, trying to read a map, trying to take a note, applying makeup, among other distractions. It only takes a fraction of a second for a driver to cross the double yellow line or to drift into your lane while on the freeway. It only takes a blink of an eye to miss a stoplight that’s changed from green to red, or to miss the fact that the car ahead has stopped. The consequences of this type of inattention can be deadly.
In fact, distracted driving is the top cause of vehicle injury accidents in the US. Whether the vehicle operator was texting while driving, talking on the phone or another activity that takes a driver’s hand from the wheel or eyes off the road – even for a split second – the outcome can prove catastrophic.
Bad Weather and Bad Decisions
And in darkness or bad weather, the danger is exacerbated. Without distraction, a good driver will pay attention to cars or objects in the vicinity, checking side and rearview mirrors, scanning the road, keeping a safe following distance in-climate weather. It’s what we’re trained to do, and most people do it judiciously. But during bad weather or at night, when a driver needs to be extra sharp, but the reflexes have been turned off for a task that takes their eyes and minds off the roads, they often make mistakes. See more here
Instead of looking for potential problems, they’re searching for an expression mark. Instead of following speed limits, they’re following conversation lines. Instead of analyzing the road, they’re critiquing the quality of the hamburger, looking for the catsup, applying a bit more eyeshadow. And when a driver is inattentive, we all suffer.
At our Law Firm, we take driving seriously. We know how dangerous distracted drivers can be. If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident with a possible distracted or negligent driver, let us help. Give us a call for a free case evaluation. We can help you recover the costs of injuries sustained in a distracted driver accident, which can range from broken bones and internal injuries to traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, and death. We represent clients throughout the area, providing personalized legal counsel for distracted drivers or other types of personal injury accidents. We’re here to help you to get your claim resolved, either through a settlement or in court. Call us anytime, 24/7.