Every American should realize the dangers of distracted driving, however statistics show that many people ignore the obvious risks and continue to multi-task while driving. In 2011 alone, 3,331 drivers or passengers died as a result of an auto accident caused by a distracted driver. Furthermore, approximately 387,000 additional people suffered injuries in such accidents that were serious enough to visit an emergency room. The most frustrating thing is that the majority of these costly injuries and tragic, untimely deaths would have been avoided had the driver not been distracted. If you have been injured in an accident because of a distracted driver, it is important that you contact a Gwinnett County auto accident attorney to help you get reimbursed for your injuries.
Texting is clearly one of the most distracting and dangerous activities in which one may engage while driving since it takes your eyes, hands, and mind off of the road. In fact, experts allege that a driver is 23 times more likely to crash while reading or sending a text message. Talking on your cell phone is commonly thought to be the second most dangerous activity, and drivers on cell phones are at least three times more likely to cause a car crash. However, at any given moment during daylight hours, officials estimate that about 660,000 drivers would be somehow using a cell phone. These drivers are clearly ignoring the obvious danger of their actions, and if they cause an accident, they should be held responsible.
The majority of states have laws against texting and driving, however these laws do not seem to stop drivers from putting others in danger. Young drivers tend to be especially careless when it comes to texting or using a cell phone while behind the wheel. 25% of teen drivers admit to not only sending one text message while driving, but to having extended conversations via text that involve sending and receiving multiple messages.
Until it is possible to more closely enforce texting and driving laws, or until drivers begin to recognize the dangers involved, it is important to make sure you are focused and aware of all the cars around you while driving. In the event you are injured in a distracted driving accident, an experienced personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help hold that driver liable for their actions. Call today at 770-487-8999.