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Distracted driving: A preventable cause of crashes

On Behalf of | Apr 25, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Drivers should pay full attention to their driving duties on the road. Failing to do this can lead to catastrophic injuries for innocent people if a crash occurs.

Many people mistakenly believe that multitasking is acceptable when they drive, but this isn’t the case. An average of nine people are killed each day in crashes that distracted drivers cause, and multitasking is – in and of itself – a distraction.

Even short distractions are problematic

It’s a common belief that only prolonged distractions can lead to accidents, but the reality is that even brief distractions can be fatal. In just five seconds, a vehicle can cover the length of a football field if the driver is maintaining a speed of 55 miles per hour. During this entire time and distance, the vehicle is essentially operating on its own if the driver is distracted.

Types of distractions

There are three primary forms of distractions that drivers might experience. Some actions encompass only one type of distraction, but others will involve two or three.

Visual distractions involve the driver looking away from the road. Cognitive distractions occur when the driver is thinking about something other than driving. Manual distractions happen if the driver has to remove their hands from the steering wheel.

Texting while driving is a serious concern

One dangerous activity that’s a serious concern on the road is texting while driving. Drivers who are over 18 years old have a higher rate of texting and driving than younger drivers.

  • Over 18 years old: 60%
  • 17 years old: 51%
  • 16 years old: 31%
  • 14 and 15 years old: 16%

Distracted driving is a fully preventable cause of catastrophic and fatal crashes. Drivers should be able to wait until they can pull over safely so they can text or do anything that’s going to distract them from their driving duties.

Sadly, even the safest driver may still be struck by someone who’s distracted. These crashes can result in injuries that require immediate medical attention. Victims may opt to pursue a claim for compensation to help cover the expenses related to their harm. Working with a legal representative who can assist with their case allows a victim to rest and heal from their injuries while a pursuit for rightful compensation is underway.

If you have been injured as the result of a distracted driver, contact Pincus & Currier LLP for help in handling your case.  Call 561-363-2903 or send us an email for a free consultation about your potential claims. We accept personal injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning we will not charge any fee unless and until we recover compensation for you.