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