Distracted driving has become a major contributor to car accidents in recent years. Between smartphones and increasingly complicated car technology, drivers have a lot of things just within the car that can occupy their attention.
You may not even realize that you are participating in distracted driving, but if your attention is not fully focused on the road, then you’ve experienced it.
The worst part about distracted driving is that it is avoidable, but it still happens so often. Whether you are talking on the phone, adjusting the radio station, or taking a bite of your lunch while driving, things can happen in a matter of seconds.
Reach out to the CEO Lawyer any time you or a family member has been hurt in an accident involving a distracted driver. We will provide you with a free, confidential, and no-obligation case review to discuss your strategies available for seeking compensation.
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How a Distracted Driving Accident Attorney Can Help Your Case
When an act of negligence, such as distracted driving, results in a serious personal injury or death, the negligent party can be held accountable for all the suffering and financial losses they have caused.
A distracted driving accident attorney can represent the injury victim, helping them document their accident, establish key evidence, and seek the maximum compensation available for all damages.
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The Types of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving cannot just be defined as just one thing; generally, it is any activity that diverts attention from driving.
It can affect people of any age range, so it is important to educate yourself on how this can be avoided and what some signs are of when other drivers on the road may be distracted.
How many times have you driven behind someone, and they were driving carelessly and possibly swerving in and out of their lane for you to just drive up next to them and see them texting on their phone or checking their make-up in the mirror?
Many accidents are triggered by or made worse by an act of being distracted in this manner.
Distracted driving can be broken up into three primary categories:
Visual — Taking your eyes off the road
If you take your eyes off the road for even a second, you can’t predict what the results will be. Many drivers that get into accidents claim that they don’t know how the situation changed so quickly.
If you think about it, you may have only stopped watching the road for a second, but moving at highway speeds means you are likely traveling 55 mph or more — meaning you clear the length of a football field in less than four seconds.
By the time a distracted driver refocuses on the road, they and the other vehicles may not have had enough time to avoid an accident — endangering not just themselves but everyone else on (or near) the road.
Manual — Taking your hands off the wheel
By removing your hands from the wheel, you forgo control of the vehicle. Even in vehicles with assistive technology, it means surrendering control and risking an imminent impact, especially in poor weather conditions.
A simple act such as reaching over to grab a bite to eat means a reduced ability to avoid something like a patch of ice.
Both hands are needed on the wheel to maintain full control, ensuring that someone has the ability to steer clear of hazards in advance of a collision or loss of control.
Cognitive — Taking your mind off driving
Cognitive distractions can happen without us even realizing it. Have you ever driven to a destination just to get there and not remember half the trip?
Especially on long drives, people tend to have their minds drift off and have their bodies just automatically take over the driving. When this happens, drivers lose their ability to detect hazards, and they increase the response time needed to react.
In cases where mental distractions or “zoning out” happens during long stretches of driving, the driver should make sure to take breaks. Our minds should always be fully focused on the road while driving — not focused on chores ahead or songs on the radio, or other musings.
How Many Deaths and Injuries Are Caused by Distracted Driving?
According to the CDC, nine people in the United States are killed every day in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. In the United States, over 3,100 people were killed, and about 424,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2019.
These numbers include non-drivers, as well. Many accidents take the lives of people who were crossing the street, riding a bike, or were near the roadway.
Some of the most common injuries caused by distracted driving car accidents include:
Traumatic brain injuries
Injury to the spinal cord or neck
Fractures and broken bones
Soft tissue injuries
Which Group Is Most at Risk for Distracted Driving Accidents?
Young adult and teen drivers have the highest risk of being in a distracted driving-related accident. According to a survey conducted by the CDC in 2019, a higher percentage of drivers ages 15–20 were distracted than drivers ages 21 and older.
The study found that 39% of high school students who drove in the past 30 days texted or emailed while driving on at least one of those days. This same survey also found that among these younger drivers, 9% of them were distracted at the time of the crash.
With so much being accessible via our cell phones these days, it is understandable why these statistics would be so high, whereas this may not have been the case a decade or two ago. Young drivers may not realize the consequences of distracted driving or just may not care.
Parents are an important component in monitoring teen drivers, enforcing safe habits, and denying access to family vehicles when the child is incapable of avoiding distractions while driving.
How Distracted Driving Can Be Avoided
There are many ways that distracted driving can be avoided, and it doesn’t always just involve the driver. The passengers in the car play a large role in preventing distractions, as well.
Luckily, many states have already enacted laws to help prevent distracted driving from occurring. Still, this doesn’t mean or guarantee it still won’t happen.
It definitely helps, however, that many of these laws, like in the State of Georgia, penalize the offending party with not only monetary fines but with points on their license, as well.
The Hands-Free Georgia Act was signed by Governor Nathan Deal on May 2, 2018. The fine for a first conviction is $50.00, and 1 point is assessed against the driver’s license.
The fine is $100.00 and 2 points for a second conviction and $150.00 and 3 points for three or more convictions.
Many states are working to create these “hands-free” laws, which will make it illegal to have a cell phone in your hand while in the process of driving. In addition, there are laws being created that limit the number of young people that a driver is allowed to have in their car.
These laws intend to place parameters for drivers to follow at a certain age and during certain times.
What Drivers Can Do to Avoid Distractions?
Drivers must pay attention to the road and their surroundings rather than the amenities within the car.
It is important not to multitask while driving. This can range from playing with the radio to checking your phone, to eating, to turning your attention to the person in the passenger seat.
These activities should be reserved for when you are parked and not actively driving the vehicle.
There are even app options available on your cell phone to help you avoid getting distracted while driving. Your phone will allow you to turn on a “Do Not Disturb” feature, which will silence your calls while driving and send message responses back to any contacts that message you.
The feature explains to contacts that you are driving and will return their text when you arrive at your destination.
There are some car insurance companies that even give discounts if you enroll in their safe driving programs as an incentive. These usually consist of plugging a device into your car that monitors your driving habits, which can include speeding and/or heaving breaking.
If you score well in these programs, you may be eligible for discounts on your car insurance.
What Passengers Can Do
Passengers may not realize how much of an impact they have on the driver, but it can actually be a big responsibility. It is essential that passengers don’t try to grab the attention of the driver, avoiding things that can make the driver break their focus on the road.
Sometimes, the driver may also engage in distractions through no fault of the passengers. Nevertheless, in these situations, it is imperative to speak up and ask the driver to focus on the road rather than what is dominating their attention.
If you are headed on a trip somewhere, you can also offer to help with the navigation aspect of the drive so the driver can focus solely on the road while you give directions on where to go next.
What Parents Can Do
Talk to your teen drivers about how important it is to focus on the road, and thoroughly explain the consequences that can happen. Familiarize yourself with your state’s distracted driving laws, and make sure that your children understand these laws and comply with them. It is also imperative that you set an example while you are driving with them in the car by keeping your eyes on the road and not turning your attention to the radio or your cell phone.
Damages Available in a Distracted Driving Claim
The injuries associated with distracted driving can range from minor to severe. An experienced distracted driving accident attorney can help you estimate your current and future losses related to the accident.
An attorney can help you avoid accepting a low first offer made by an insurance company. The CEO Lawyer is not afraid to reject lowball offers, demonstrate your damages in full through evidence, and take the insurance company representing the distracted driver to court if needed.
Examples of damages that can be sought through a personal injury claim include:
Reimbursement of medical bills, past and future
Compensation for lost wages caused by work missed during medical recovery
Repayment of out-of-pocket expenses directly related to the accident and injury treatment
Repair or replacement of personal property damaged in the collision
Pain and suffering compensation for the mental anguish and physical discomfort experienced
Remember, when you file a car accident claim, you almost always work at odds with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, not the driver. The insurance company has extensive resources at its disposal and handles car insurance claims every day.
It isn’t always the case that the insurance company is intentionally trying to “lowball” an offer to you, but their end goal is to settle for the least amount of money possible.
Hiring an experienced distracted driving accident attorney helps to level the playing field. Like the insurer, your attorney handles cases like yours almost daily and understands the negotiation and settlement process.
They can help you understand the factors that drive higher settlement values, ensuring that you can avoid mistakes while seeking the largest settlement possible in order to repay the damages you have suffered.
Work With a Distracted Driving Accident Attorney Who Cares
Let our team represent you and help you seek more money for your case. Ali Awad, the CEO Lawyer, and his team understand the way insurers think and what factors matter most to the value of a case.
Let us help you recover while fighting for your legal right to seek damages from all distracted drivers and other at-fault parties. You’ve already dealt with a traumatic incident, and the last thing you need is to add more stress to your plate.
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