Distracted Driving Car Accidents
Computers, cell phones, GPS navigation systems, and other technology have made our lives easier in countless ways. However, these devices can also take our attention away from what we should be doing. All too often, that is driving.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately nine people are fatally injured every day in the United States in distracted driving-related accidents. From texting while driving to reaching for something in the back seat, any diversion of your attention from the road, even for a moment, is dangerous.
Common Examples of Distracted Driving
While most people think of distracted driving as talking or texting on the phone, any of the following can disrupt a driver’s attention:
- Changing the radio station
- Checking the GPS system
- Eating or drinking
- Putting on makeup
- Checking social media or email
- Entertaining/disciplining children in the back seat
Even if your attention is off the road for a few seconds, it can have devastating consequences, at even moderate speed. Taking your eyes off the road for a mere five seconds, traveling at 55 mph, is comparable to driving the length of a football field blindfolded.
As tempting as it may be to check a text or make a quick phone call, consider whether it is worth injuring yourself or others on the road.
Most Common Causes of Distracted Driving
According to data extrapolated from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System, the following are the top ten causes of distracted driving:
- Drivers who were generally distracted or “lost in thought.”
- Cell phone use.
- Focusing on something outside the car, like a car accident or people in other cars driving by.
- Other passengers seeking your attention, thus taking your focus off the road.
- Reaching for something in the car, like your phone or keys.
- Eating or drinking while driving.
- Adjusting the radio station or the temperature controls.
- Adjusting things like rearview mirrors or seatbelts.
- Pets, and other things that might move around inside the vehicle.
- Lighting, smoking, and putting out a cigarette.
Distracted driving is an issue that should be taken seriously by all drivers. If you have children, lead by example, and avoid taking your focus away from the road ahead. Do not use your phone to talk or text. In an emergency, pull over to a safe place so that you can make the call or send the text, without the risk of causing an accident.
Cherry Hill Car Accident Lawyers at Williams Cedar Seek Justice for Victims of Distracted Driving Accidents
If you have been seriously injured in a car accident involving a distracted driver, the Cherry Hill car accident lawyers at Williams Cedar are on your side. Distracted driving continues to be a serious problem in this country and we will work tirelessly to determine who is responsible for your injuries. Our dedicated and experienced team will seek the maximum financial compensation you deserve and ensure that your rights are protected at all times. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us at 215-557-0099 or 856-470-9777, or contact us online. Our offices are conveniently located in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey and we serve clients throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide.