There can be different types of driving distractions that can result in car accidents. Somebody might be thinking about a problem at work, looking down to change the radio station or eating some food they just picked up from a drive-thru. These activities take our mind, eyes, or hands off what we should be doing: driving.
What exactly is distracted driving? Anything that distracts you from driving:
- Eating or drinking
- Adjusting the temperature or music
- Putting on makeup
- Texting or talking on the phone (even using a hands-free phone)
- Checking outside surroundings
The problem with distracted driving is people never think that it will happen to them. These activities may take your mind off the road for a short amount of time, but car accidents happen quickly.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 15 people are killed in auto accidents each and every day, with 1,200 more injured in distracted driving incidents. This statistic is especially pertinent to drivers between the ages of 15 and 20. Traffic accidents are the leading causes of death for this age group, and the greatest proportion of distracted drivers are under 20.
These statistics do not mean you are going to get into an auto accident. They are useful for creating awareness. As always, it is important to know you have help if you do get into an accident related to distracted driving. It is important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. This is extremely helpful when negotiating between insurance companies.
If you need help with building your case, the skilled legal team at Hales & Associates, Attorneys will have the knowledge required to solidify your case.