Driving a vehicle takes a considerable amount of focus. The briefest moment of distraction can have disastrous results, a fact that countless numbers of drivers find out the hard way every day. Distracted driving has become an increasingly serious problem on our roads, especially since the emergence of the smartphone as a staple in our daily lives.
We can be distracted in several different ways – by our cell phones, other passengers in our vehicles, and eating or drinking when behind the wheel. Some drivers are more skilled than others when it comes to focusing on the task at hand. Unfortunately, those of us who fall short can cause major injuries to others on the road.
At Guajardo & Marks, we have seen the terrible impact a distracted driver has on a victim. We are proud to offer our services to those who have been injured because of a negligent driver. We prepare all our cases to make sure that our clients get the compensation they deserve.
Distracted Driving Facts
- Distracted driving contributes to around 5,000 deaths every year in the United States.
- Distracted driving is a factor in around 16 percent of all fatal crashes.
- Even after putting away their phone, people remain distracted for up to 27 seconds.
- Around 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or electronic devices while driving at any given moment in the United States.
- Sending just one text while driving increases your chances of being involved in a crash by 23 times.
Young Drivers and Distracted Driving
Of all age groups, teen drivers are the most likely to be distracted behind the wheel. One AAA study found that teens are distracted nearly one-quarter of the time they spend behind the wheel. Another study from AAA found that nearly 60 percent of fatal teen crashes involved some form of distracted driving, with the two most common distractions being extra passengers in vehicles and using a cell phone while driving. Younger drivers are not only more likely to drive distracted, they are also more likely than other drivers to think that texting behind the wheel is acceptable behavior.
Examples of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving includes any task that takes your attention off the road. Texting or using a mobile device are the activities most commonly associated with distracted driving, but other common activities can also be classified as distracted driving. According to the official U.S. government website tracking distracted driving, they include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating behind the wheel
- Drinking behind the wheel
- Talking to passengers
- Grooming or using mirror for purposes other than driving
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching or streaming a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 player.
It’s also worth noting that these activities could be done simultaneously. For example, a driver talking on their cell phone might also be adjusting their radio, increasing their chances of being involved in a crash and injuring another person.
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When Distraction Leads to Serious Injuries
Distracted drivers can wreak havoc in a vehicle accident, causing any number of serious injuries. These injuries can be debilitating on several different levels, leading to pain, suffering, expensive medical treatment, medication, time off from work, loss of work capacity, property damage and a decreased quality of life. Some of the most severe injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limbs or amputations
- Internal injuries
- Wrongful death.
How a Victim of Distracted Driving Can Take Legal Action
When a victim suffers injuries due to a negligent, distracted driver, they can file a personal injury claim to receive compensation for the damages they have suffered. These claims offer an injured person a way to cope with the incredible financial fallout after a major vehicle crash.
If a distracted driver takes the life of another person, the victim’s family can file a claim. Survivors may file what is called a wrongful death claim through which they can seek compensation for suffering, lost income, funeral bills, burial costs and other expenses associated with the loss of their loved one.
Guajardo & Marks Can Help
Our Dallas distracted driving attorneys have years of experience helping clients hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions. We have built our practice to accommodate victims that have suffered catastrophic injuries, and we can offer our clients aggressive, dedicated legal services to make sure their needs are met. We offer free consultations, and we earn no fee unless we win your case. Contact Guajardo & Marks today to learn more about your options.