Distracted driving is dangerous and can lead to accidents that can result in serious injury. Drivers who engage in distracted driving may be liable for any injuries or property damage that they cause. When we drive, we should all be paying attention to our surroundings as well as traffic laws and should be able to expect others to do the same. Unfortunately, this does not always happen, often with catastrophic consequences. People injured in accidents caused by distracted driving may be able to recover for any damages incurred through filing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party or parties. The types of damages that may be available in a distracted driving lawsuit could be damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, property damage, among others. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping people injured in car accidents recover for their injuries.
Statistics on distracted driving
Distracted driving has been shown to increase the risk of accidents. Despite the clear risk it poses, people continue to engage in distracted driving. Cell phones and text messaging are of particular concern, because they can distract a driver visually, manually, as well as cognitively. The United States Government released the following statistics on its distracted driving website:
- In 2011, there were 3,331 fatalities that were the result of crashes involving a distracted driver, up from 3,267 in 2010.
- 18 percent of all injury crashes in 2010 were reported as involving a distracted driver.
- In June 2011 alone, more than 196 billion text messages were sent. That represents a 50 percent increase from 2009.
- 40 percent of teenagers in the United States report that they have been in a vehicle when the driver used a cell phone in a way that endangered other people.
- Texting while driving increases the risk of a crash 23 times compared to not driving distracted.
- Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off of the road for 4.6 seconds, on average. At 55 mph, a car will drive the length of a football field in that time.
- Using a cell phone headset is not significantly safer than hand-held use.
Contact a Fayette County car accident lawyer for a free consultation
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should have the particular circumstances of your accident reviewed by an experienced Fayette County auto accident lawyer. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.