Accidents caused by distracted drivers result in approximately 6,000 deaths and over one million injuries every year. Though texting has received a great deal of attention and blame for distracted driving accidents, there are many examples of distractions that can lead to tragic results. These include:
- Talking on cell phone, whether via a hands-free device or handheld
- Eating or drinking
- Applying makeup
- Speaking to a passenger in the car
- Manipulating the controls on a car radio or audio unit
- Use of a navigation or GPS device
- Attending to children in the car
- Attending to pets in the car
- Retrieving items that have fallen to the floor
- Paying attention to something outside of the vehicle other than the road ahead (i.e. an accident, a billboard)
When a driver gets behind the wheel of a car, truck or any other vehicle, they assume responsibility for using good judgment and a duty of care to others with whom they share the road. According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in collaboration with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, approximately 80 percent of traffic accidents occur within seconds of a driver having been distracted in some way, and nearly as many near misses.
Allowing a distraction such as a smart phone or conversation to take attention away from the act of driving represents negligence, and those who are injured as a result of this reckless behavior may be entitled to compensation for the damage that they’ve suffered as a result. These damages may include medical expenses, the cost of repair or replacement of property, compensation for wages lost during recovery, and the assigned value of the pain and suffering that you’ve endured. The supportive team at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help you understand your rights and what you may be entitled to.
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