Whether it is at home or at work, we all encounter distractions. These can be minimal or major, but the reality of the situation is that a distraction causes a person to not do that task that they are intending to. For some, this means lost time but for others it could mean life altering repercussions. When distractions occur when a person is behind the wheel of a vehicle, this could result in a motorist causing a car accident. This is a serious situation, as distracted driving is considered just as dangerous as drinking and driving.
It could be a cellphone, the radio, a GPS or even a passenger in the vehicle; however, when a a driver is distracted, this increases the chances of a serious or fatal car crash. Based on current data, the National Highway Traffic Safety administration reported that roughly 3,450 deaths were the result of distracted driving. This is also the culprit for around 391,000 injuries that year as well.
When looking at these statistics another way, this ultimately means that around 9 people are killed and 1,000 are injured every day because of distracted driving. And the biggest reason why these crashes occur is using a cellphone. Whether it is texting, calling, reading an email, going on social media or browsing the Internet, using a cellphone while driving means that a driver’s eyes are not on the road, their hands are not on the wheel and their mind is not on the task of driving.
When a car accident occurs, it is important to consider the cause. If a distracted driver is to blame, an injured victim has possible legal recourses to take. A personal injury claim not only provides a mechanism to hold a negligent driver accountable but also assists with the recovery of compensation for damages and losses.