Distracted Driving Accidents
Even though many of us may feel that driving a car is fairly easy, it actually requires a lot of concentration. It may be second nature to some now, but many people can still remember how intimidating it was to learn how to control something that weighs over a ton and can go from 0 to 60 mph in a few seconds. Unfortunately, once certain people gain a respectable level of competence at driving, they start taking it for granted and do not give the act the attention it deserves. That can lead to people performing other actions while they drive instead of focusing on the main task of driving their car.
That is dangerous not just for them, but for everyone else on the road as well. It is plainly obvious that someone who does not pay attention to the road while driving has a greater chance of causing an accident. Nonetheless, many people still attempt to drive while doing something else, and when they do, catastrophe often follows. If you have been in an accident caused by a distracted driver, then you have a very good chance of getting the compensation you need to take care of any expenses caused by the accident. That chance increases exponentially with the help of a personal injury attorney.
At the Harrison Law Group, we have been helping Long Island residents with their car accident claims for over twenty years. That means any one of our personal injury attorneys has the experience you need to help you with your case. So, contact the Harrison Law Group if you have been in an accident caused by a distracted driver; we will fight to make sure that you never have to pay out of pocket for any expenses.
What are the Types of Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving can be divided into three different categories, which are as follows:
Manual Distractions – These are distractions where the driver takes one or both hands off the steering wheel to do something else. Eating or drinking, putting on makeup, adjusting the infotainment system, or personal grooming are just a few of the examples of common manual distractions.
Visual Distractions – This type of distraction is when the driver takes their eyes off the road. Some examples include reading texts on the phone, looking at the car’s GPS system, looking at a passenger while you speak to them, or looking at the vanity mirror.
Cognitive Distractions – With these types of distractions, the driver’s attention is diverted away from the task of driving. Common examples include daydreaming, having a conversation on the phone or with a passenger, and attending to pets or unruly children.
It is easy to see why these kinds of distractions are all dangerous since they take your attention away from the task of driving the vehicle. Even the slightest distraction can cause an accident if it happens in the wrong place at the wrong time. That is also why texting while driving is so dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction at the same time.
Distracted Driving Statistics
Distracted driving poses a threat to motorists, bikers, cyclists, and pedestrians, essentially everyone who uses the road, and the statistics bear that out. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2018, there were about 400,000 people injured in distracted driving accidents and 2841 of them died as a result of those accidents. Of the people who died, 1730 of them were drivers, 605 of them were passengers, 400 were pedestrians, and 77 were cyclists. As you can see, distracted driving is a menace to everyone on the road.
There is demonstrable evidence that traffic fatalities and injuries fall when drivers pay more attention to the road. In Georgia, injuries and collisions dropped when the state instituted a law prohibiting motorists from using phones while driving. The number of fatalities in 2018 fell by 2.3% from the previous year because of that law, which proves just how much safer it is for everyone when there is less distracted driving on the roads.
The Harrison Law Group Will Help You With Your Distracted Driving Case
Using a cellphone while driving is banned in New York, so if you were in an accident because of a distracted driver using their phone, then you are in good stead to collect compensation for your damages. The same goes if you were in an accident because of any other type of distracted driving. The reason is that, as common as it is, distracted driving is frowned upon because it is an irresponsible and reckless act that puts a lot of innocent people in danger.
So, if you were in an accident that was caused by a distracted driver, you have a very good chance of receiving the compensation that you need. You have an even better chance when you hire the Harrison Law Group to help you. That is because we have personal injury attorneys with over forty years of combined experience who will do everything they can to help you. So contact us at the Harrison Law Group if you were in an accident caused by a distracted driver; we will help you to get back on your feet.