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Distracted Driving: The Only Cause of Car Accident all Drivers may be Guilty Of

As more and more cars continue to populate U.S. roads and highways, the influx of information on the necessity that drivers should be totally focused on the road while driving becomes more vital. Drivers know very well that even a couple of seconds of distraction can lead to danger; a mistake that can result not only to property damage, but to bodily injury or death too.

Besides medical malpractice and abuse of prescription drugs, car crashes are included in the list of the major causes of deaths, especially among teens. Of the more than five million accidents occurring each year, no less than 30,000 result to someone’s death, while more than two million end up in injuries.

Different studies conducted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), show that a greater percentage of road mishaps are due to teens more than adult drivers. This is because adult drivers are more experienced on the road, making them more responsible while behind the wheel and more prepared to react correctly during road emergencies. This maturity and experience are shown in the fact that a much lesser number of adult drivers are involved in drunken driving, speeding, violation of traffic rules (such as making illegal turns, running red lights, etc.) and, most especially, distracted driving.

Distracted driving, which is veering one’s attention to something else while behind the wheel, is a growing concern among teenage drivers. Though all drivers are probably guilty of being distracted once upon a time in their driving career, distractions are more frequent among the young, many of whom tend to underestimate and fail to recognize dangerous road situations.

According to the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD, we live in a high-paced world where multitasking has come to be the norm. But the highway is not the place to be doing anything other than driving. Anyone who gets behind the wheel of a car should only be focused on only one thing: the road. Doing anything else while driving that creates a distraction, even for a few seconds, can be deadly.

Perhaps the most dangerous distraction is texting, which increase the likelihood of a crash by 23 times. Other distractions include:

  • Talking on a cell phone
  • Rubbernecking (looking at roadside events or accidents)
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Choosing or inserting CD
  • Eating or drinking
  • Grooming, for example brushing hair or applying makeup
  • Setting the GPS
  • Reading
  • Consulting a map or written directions
  • Disciplining children
  • Unrestrained pets
  • Reaching for fallen objects
  • Talking to passengers

When you’ve been seriously injured or have lost a family member in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by someone else, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation for your injuries against the person who caused your accident, the company or government entity responsible for causing or allowing a hazardous road condition, or a manufacturer of a defective vehicle or one of its parts.