Everyone these days seems to know that distracted driving is dangerous. Most people know someone personally who has been injured in a car crash, if they haven’t been hurt in one themselves. Considering how dangerous driving already is it seems pretty crazy that people continue to engage in distracted driving behavior.
All distracted driving can lead to car accidents, but cell phone use seems to be particularly devastating. The time it takes to send a text or read a status update is simply too long to take your eyes from the road.
Although many states have implemented some laws that make cell phone use while driving illegal, it seems to be very difficult to enforce.
What is Considered Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is defined as anything you do while driving that takes your focus off the task of driving. Really, this can be anything at all, and you shouldn’t engage in any task other than driving-related tasks when you’re driving. Even changing the radio station can be considered a form of distracted driving.
See below for some of the more common examples of distracted driving behaviors:
- Putting on makeup while driving
- Talking and engaging with other passengers in the vehicle
- Eating and drinking
- Reading a book
- Doing anything on a handheld device, like a cell phone or tablet
What are the Statistics Related to Distracted Driving?
Here are a few statistics regarding the dangers of distracted driving from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Distracted driving killed over 3,450 people in 2016.
- Around 481,000 people use their cell phones while driving during daylight hours.
- Handheld cell phone use while driving is highest among the 16-24-age range.
- When you send or read a text you take your eyes from the road for approximately five seconds. During that time, you travel the entire length of a football field if your rate of speed is 55 miles per hour.
What are the Serious Injuries Caused by Distracted Driving?
In addition to fatal auto wrecks, distracted drivers also seriously injure many people. Car accident injuries are often among the most serious injuries a person will receive due to the force of impact during motor vehicle collisions. Distracted driving can cause the following serious injuries, which could change your life forever.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Severe burn injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Broken and fractured bones
- Back, neck, and shoulder injuries
- Loss of limb
- Organ damage
Any of the above-listed injuries could be considered permanent injuries, which could result in devastating impact to your life happiness. Your injuries may make it impossible for you to work, or your injuries could seriously limit your mobility. Severe injuries can also cause chronic pain or disfigurement and scarring.
Do You Need Help from a Car Accident Attorney?
If you’ve been seriously hurt in a car crash one of the best things to do is contact an attorney, such as the car accident lawyers Greenstein & Milbauer.
A lawyer can help you to receive financial compensation for your serious injuries by filing a personal injury claim against the distracted driver who hurt you. When you file a claim, an insurance company will pay you for the losses you’ve faced, and also for the negative way this accident has changed your life.
You can be compensated for things like: missed work wages, property loss, pain and suffering, medical expenses, caregiving assistance, transportation costs, and any negative life changes.