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The Dangers of Distracted Driving
According to statistics provided by the U.S. government, in 2013, 3,154 people were involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers. Even more alarming is that approximately 424,000 people were seriously injured in the same type of accidents. Although most car accidents may not be avoided, those involving distracted driving can be. Simply put, if distractions are removed, motorists can focus 100% of their attention on the road and significantly reduce the likelihood of getting into an accident.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving involves any type of activity that could avert a motorist’s attention away from the primary task of operating his or her vehicle. All distractions endanger drivers, passengers and pedestrians sharing the road. There are many different types of distractions, including:
– Using a cell phone
– Eating or drinking
– Dealing with children
– Changing radio stations
– Adjusting a CD player or iPod
– Using a navigation system
Cell Phones: The Worst Distraction On the Road
Texting and using cell phones (whether to talk, check email, read a map or any other application), requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the motorist. As such, this type of distraction is by far the most alarming distraction. Approximately 660,000 drivers use cell phones or manipulate electronic devices while driving. Statistics show that on average, motorists take their eyes off the road for five seconds to use their hand held electronic devices. When traveling at 55 mph, this is sufficient time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded. This is also enough time to get into a serious and life altering accident.
Many states have adopted laws and regulations that ban the use of cell phones and other hand held devices while operating a vehicle. Although many drivers have reduced their use of cell phones while driving, there are those who nevertheless continue with the use and put themselves and others at serious risk.
Common Injuries Caused By Distracted Driving
Distracted driving can result in catastrophic accidents, leaving victims suffering serious or even fatal injuries. Some common types of injuries caused by distracted driving include:
– Traumatic brain injuries and other head traumas
– Fractured or broken bones
– Neck and back injuries
– Spinal cord injuries
– Internal organ injuries
The best way to end distracted driving is to become educated about the danger it poses. However, even if you take all the necessary steps to prevent distractions before you get behind the wheel, you cannot control the actions of other motorists on the road and may find yourself involved in a serious accident caused by a distracted driver. In such a case, it is important that you immediately consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to help you protect your legal rights and obtain the full compensation that you deserve.
Injured in a car accident that was caused by a distracted driver? You may be entitled to monetary compensation! For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a New Jersey personal injury attorney, please call the Law Offices of Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404.