Distracted driving can change your life and countless others

Teen driver using phone and showing passenger.

Teen distracted driving and auto crashes worse than expected

Distracted driving is “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.(NHTSA). The most common distractions are reaching for a beverage, looking away at a passenger or something in your car,  becoming focused on something outside your car in passing, and daydreaming or your mind wandering about tasks, worries or upcoming events.

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everyday should be distracted driving awareness

The Dangers of distracted driving can be deadly.

two cars with crashed fronts10 percent of all fatal crashes and 17 percent of all accidents that caused injuries are the result of distracted driving.

  • According to a recent survey 90 percent of drivers recognized the danger from cell phone distractions and found it “unacceptable” that drivers text or send e-mail while driving. Nevertheless, 35 percent of these same people admitted to having read or sent a text message or e-mail while driving in the previous month.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found distraction was a factor in nearly 6 of 10 moderate-to-severe crashes involving teen drivers—four times as many as official estimates based on police reports.

Top Driving Distractions:

  • Texting
  • Email
  • Phone Calls
  • Eating
  • Grooming
  • In car distractions
  • Reading papers
  • Watching videos
  • Music
  • Outside of car distractions (ie: pedestrians, roadside activities)
  • Window shopping while driving

The Law Controlling Motor Vehicle Accidents

The judge will instruct the jury that “a person must use reasonable care in driving a vehicle. Drivers must keep a lookout for pedestrians, obstacles, and other vehicles. They must also control the speed and movement of their vehicles. The failure to use reasonable care in driving a vehicle is negligence”. CACI 700

Distracted driving has overtaken alcohol or drug impairment as the leading cause of traffic accidents.

Proving liability and obtaining just compensation for injuries sustained and damages caused in a motor vehicle accident is not as easy as it may seem.

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