Inattentive Driving Accidents and Recovery of Compensation
Most motor vehicle accidents are caused by distracted driving. Most specifically, texting while driving. Despite state laws in California prohibiting the use of hand-held cell phones for texting, or communication, distracted driving is still a leading cause of car accidents in the State of California. In fact, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while driving unless it is an entirely hands-free device.
Distracted driving can be a scourge on the road. When faced with another driving striking you or your vehicle there are many considerations. Some defendants were on the phone or doing their hair. So they became distracted, and you ended up in the hospital.
Obviously, there will be a need for skilled medical and legal help. When drivers get preoccupied, they are not carefully driving for road and traffic conditions. There could be severe issues.
This distraction can happen for many reasons. So they could be playing with the radio, answering the cell phone, or texting. Drinking coupled with high blood alcohol concentration can mean certain death. Teens are most at risk, as they are constantly distracted and playing with smartphones and dashboard dials.
But all of these activities increase the risk of injury or death. Also, it increases chances for the occupants themselves. And it is also a risk for other drivers and pedestrians.
Ehline Law Firm is the car accident law firm with skill in these types of cases. And we have recovered millions for injury victims. Let us help you deal with this kind of situation.
What are Some Common Causes of Distracted Driving Injuries?
According to the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) study, two of the most common driving distractions are dropping an item on the floor or spilling coffee. Adjusting the radio or changing climate controls come next.
There are other everyday circumstances, including:
- Applying makeup
- Changing clothing
- Having an argument
- Reading the newspaper
- Operating the hands-free feature dials
- Typing in a GPS coordinate into your car’s dial feature
Facing these types of conditions, you can see why there are thousands of car accidents each day. Driving should never include reading the paper, applying makeup, shaving, or any other distraction that could cause danger. Even hands-free calls can cause some inattention.
Cell Phones and Driving are Never a Smart Choice
Of particular interest, cell phones are a significant and increasing cause of these types of accidents. Also, drivers that are holding the phone talking or texting are four times at higher risk for a crash than those that are not distracted.
So this behavior alone could easily place other motorists and pedestrians at injury or death risk. Also, this lousy conduct extends to all electronic devices found in cars, including GPS units. So avoiding phone and GPS usage is key, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
An article in Car and Driver magazine offered advice to drivers. It said that competent driving is the most crucial safety factor. And it is primarily achieved by paying attention while driving. Drivers can become distracted by anything.
So this could prevent them from avoiding specific issues under certain circumstances. And this could include using a cell phone while roads are icy or not tuning the radio at a busy intersection.
What are the Distracted Driving Fatality Statistics?
Unfortunately, 3,287 people die yearly in car accidents. Sadly, approximately nine people die every day due to a preventable, distracted driving crash.
What Do the Distracted Driving Accident Numbers Show?
There is no test we can give for distracted driving, such as a DUI roadside sobriety check. So the numbers we do have for distracted driving are probably the tip of the iceberg.
- 25% or so of all traffic fatalities are reported to be caused by distracted drivers.
- 58% of traffic collisions reportedly involve teens, who also have the highest incidents of distracted driving issues. Teens aged 16-19 are involved in three times more distracted driving accidents.
- As of 2015, 391,000 people were injured in distracted driving wrecks.
- In 2015 3,477 people passed away in distracted driving-related traffic crashes.
And if the criminal proceedings fail, civil law has a lower burden of proof. Also, such an accident calls for justice for the injury victims.
Furthermore, our attorneys have the skill and knowledge necessary to follow through every step of this process. Most of all, we assist people in getting the justice they desire.
Hence, if you or a loved one has become affected by such a crash, make sure you have the right legal team to represent. Hire a firm with the experience and care to see you through this process. Call Ehline Law or use our contact form today for a free consultation at (213) 596-9642.