Distracted Drivers / Texting Drivers
In 2010, more than 3,000 victims died as a result of distracted driving accidents. Cell phone use alone accounts for 1.3 million distracted driving crashes each year. Most accidents involve texting and cell phone use, but distractions come in all shapes and sizes and are typically split up into three different categories: visual, cognitive, and manual. Any time a driver's eyes are not on the road, this is a visual distraction. When a driver is not thinking clearly about the situation at hand, this is a cognitive distraction and when a driver's hands are not on the wheel this constitutes a manual distraction. Most car accidents that take place are a direct result of driver distraction.
According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, the chief causes of distracted driving accidents are cell phone use, reaching for an object in the car, looking at something other than the situation immediately surrounding you (such as rubbernecking), reading, and applying makeup. Many people assume that practice makes perfect, and that if they are used to multi-tasking while driving then they will be safety. Quite the contrary is true. Statistics show that those who drive distracted more frequently are at a higher risk for accident.
Although many laws have been enacted by certain states regarding distracted driving, most drivers continue with such practices. Those most at risk for causing a distracted driving accident are drivers under the age of 20, who with their lack of experience combined with distraction cause accidents more frequently than any other group of people. With more than 32,000 people dying in U.S. traffic crashes per year, distracted driving statistics may not seem like such a big deal. The truth is quite the contrary. Although distracted driving does not account for the majority of vehicular deaths per year, it does contribute significantly to the amount of injuries.
How Hiring a Houston Personal Injury Attorney Will Help
If you were injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, then you should definitely speak with a personal injury attorney from our firm. At Arnold & Itkin, we are more than prepared to take on the case of those injured due to the recklessness and negligence of another. Those who drive distracted should be made accountable for their actions. Depending on the severity of your accident, you could be suffering from chronic pain that needs continued care, you may need compensation for lost wages or compensation for rehabilitation costs.
Whatever the particulars of your case, it would be best to speak with an attorney from our firm so that you can find out exactly what options you have.