Distracted Driving: Top Cause of Fatal Car Accidents in Many States

In its website, the Bruner Law Firm says that “one of the most life changing events one can face in almost every city in the world is auto accident. Hardly a week goes by when one does not see on the news or read about a fatal or near fatal traffic collision. Auto accidents are never anticipated. They occur suddenly and most often, with very little or no warning.

Though drivers know how to avoid a car accident, so many do not consciously practice safe driving every time they get behind the wheel. By trying to do way too many things at once, they end up performing the primary task of driving safely very poorly. It is, therefore, no wonder that auto accidents are happening with increasing frequency when we look at the increasing busyness and need for multi-tasking.”

Distracted driving is one of the worst forms of bad road behavior. It includes eating and/or drinking, adjusting the radio, smoking, applying make-up, grooming, conversing with a passenger, driving while angry or while lost in thoughts, looking at a road map, adjusting GPS coordinates, and – all while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. Distracted driving happens when a driver’s attention is taken away from the primary task of driving, making him/her fail to operate his/her vehicle properly and so commit traffic infractions that often result in accidents. Though unintentional, distracted driving can be extremely damaging.

Texting or using a hand-held phone used to be the most dangerous form of distracted driving. With the expansion of smartphone functions, however, besides texting and making or receiving a call, the dangers of cell phone use now includes sending emails, taking photos, shooting videos, conducting video chats, and using Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube or Snapchat.

There are states where distracted driving, particularly cell phone use, is the top cause of fatal car crashes. These crashes are terrifying and often overwhelming ordeals which leave many victims with extensive medical bills and other expenses, lost wages from work, or long-term disability.

In 2013, distraction-related crashes took the lives of 3,154 individuals and injured 424,000 others. In 2014, data from DISTRACTION.GOV, the Official U.S. Government website for distracted driving, show increases in both counts: 3,179 fatal crashes, and 431,000 injuries, all involving distracted drivers.

Personal injury lawyers believe that accident victims should pursue legal action against the party responsible for their losses, while at-fault drivers should be legally required to compensate their victim.

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