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Distracted Driving: Another Major Cause of Road Accidents

  • Published: June 12, 2014

Many times we stuck nest to or behind someone who was erratically driving or violated the signal while looking at the cellphone. One of the common causes of car accidents is distracted driving. Not only for him/herself, but the distracted driver is also dangerous for everyone else on the road. Distracted driving is now a primary safety concern of traffic authorities with the rise in the usage of electronic devices while driving.

Some Statistics

As per the AT&T survey in 2013 found that nearly 49% of the adult drivers admitted texting while driving. 16% of the accident reported by the police department in 2014 happened due to distracted driving. 29% of the drivers were of age between 20 and 29 that were involved in the fatal collisions. A study by NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) found that in 2015 there were approx. 3,500 fatalities in distracted driving accidents.

It was an 8.8% rise in incidents compared to 2014, which makes up about 10% of all deaths in car accidents during that year. In 2020, distracted driving crashes are on the rise.

If any driver caused your car wreck as a result of distracted driving, then contact Payam Mark Shayani accident attorney for legal help. They have experience in dealing with such car accidents. They will investigate the recent car wreck to get evidence of distracted driving.

Types of Driving Distractions

There are many things to distract you while driving. The distractions are sorted into three categories.

Visual Distraction

This type of distraction causes the driver to take off their eyes from the road while:

  • Looking at GPS or map
  • Reading a text message
  • Looking in the mirror to check self-appearance
  • Reading any content on the cellphone
  • Focusing on the passenger
  • Watching a video from the electronic device, including mobile or any other digital entertainment gadget.

Manual Distraction

It occurs when drivers are distracted from driving by not fully controlling the vehicles with hands. Below are some common manual driving distractions that lead to accidents.

  • Adjusting radio
  • Taking a call
  • Personal grooming such as combing hair, setting tie, or applying makeup
  • Eating or drinking

Cognitive Distractions

In cognitive distraction, the driver’s mind takes off the road for a longer period. Not only physically and visually, but the driver is distracted mentally too. Here are some cognitive distractions:

  • Thinking about stressful personal situations
  • Disciplining or caring for your children.
  • Busy on call or in conversation with other passengers sitting in the car.

Dangers of Distracted Driving

Losing focus even for a couple of seconds can result in major disasters. Following are some common dangers that result due to distracted driving:

  • Side-swipes: when a distracted driver leaves the intended lanes and results in hitting the car in the adjacent lanes.
  • Rear-end accidents: Usually, distracted drivers fail to stop at the traffic signal or do not notice the traffic slowing down in front of them. This results in a crash with another vehicle.
  • Head-on collision: Often distracted drives leave their lane and cross over into the approaching traffic. It causes a head-on collision, which is usually deadly.

Sadly, every day we read about someone being injured in the car accident due to distracted driving. The driver at fault is liable for any loss or injury that happens to the accident victims due to distracted driving. There is no common type or age of a distracted driver.

The consequences of distracted driving come in the form of injuries or even death. The injuries can be significant, minor, or even permanent. The common injuries of distracted driving include brain, head, neck, or back injury, fractures, loss of limb or amputation, and spinal cord injuries.

Proving Distracted Driving Liability

The victim in distracted driving is able to get compensation after proving the damage or collision due to the fault of another driver. Victim or his/her lawyer has to prove the guilt of another driver that their negligence act is the reason for the car accident.

There are four main elements of proving car accident claims from the plaintiff sides. These are:

  • Duty of care: The attorney must demonstrate that driver at guilty owed the duty of care while driving on the road. For example, it was the duty of the driver to pay full attention to the way ahead and to obey the driving laws of the state.
  • Breach of Duty: The attempt of distracted driving is the breaching the driver’s duty. The lives of others could be put in danger due to this attempt, yet many drivers engage in recklessness or negligence in this dangerous activity.
  • Proving Damages: The lawyer must prove that the victim suffered the damages in the distracted driving crash such as property damage, physical injuries, lost wages, pain, and suffering.
  • Proving Fault: It is a must to demonstrate that the distraction of the driver caused the car wreck accident. If some unrelated factor is involved in the crash, then the other driver may be accountable for the damages.

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