For most people, driving is an everyday task. We get on busy roadways to do everything from commuting to work to going grocery shopping. So it can be easy to forget just how dangerous driving can be and the consequences that can occur from even a moment of distraction.
According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 15 people are killed every day due to injuries where the car accident involves distracted driving. Additionally, over 1,200 people are injured in these types of accidents on a daily basis. These daunting figures are evidence that the issue of distracted driving is not something that should ever be taken lightly.
While driving, individuals should act responsibly and focus their full attention on the road. However, far too often, a driver loses focus and tragedy happens.
There are three types of distracted driving that commonly occur while driving. They include:
- Manual: A type of distraction that requires drivers to use their hands for something other than driving.
- Visual: A type of distraction that requires drivers to take their eyes off the road.
- Cognitive: A type of distraction that requires drivers to think about something other than driving.
With gadgets like cell phones, iPads and navigation systems, it should come as no surprise that so many motor vehicle accidents occur because of distractions. However, it doesn’t take a technological device to distract a driver from the road. Talking to a passenger, eating, or reaching for an object in the vehicle can also lead to serious accidents.
With driving comes great responsibility. A driver is expected to be alert and aware when getting behind the wheel. So, if an injury occurs as a result of a driver’s distraction, the at-fault party can be held accountable and the injured party may be entitled to compensation.
It is important to contact a personal injury attorney if you, or a loved one, have been injured in a distracted driver accident. An attorney can help you to receive the justice you deserve.