Distracted driving remains a common cause of hundreds of thousands of motor vehicle accidents, as well as the injuries and deaths those accidents cause. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2,841 people were killed because of distracted driving in 2018. Those fatalities included motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. Another 400,000 people were injured in these accidents.
Some of the main sources of distraction include:
- Texting (reading, typing or sending)
- Talking on the phone
- Manipulating audio controls, GPS, mirrors, climate control or anything other than the steering wheel
- Staring at scenery or distracting scenes that take your eyes off of the road in front of you
- Daydreaming, replaying the day at work, or focusing your concentration on something other than driving
- Arguing or roughhousing with passengers
As you can see, it’s not only our phones and technology that are sources of distracted driving. Your mind wandering all on its own can be distracting enough to cause a crash. Driving is a skill that requires attention, alertness and concentration. By focusing your eyes, mind and hands on the task of driving, you will be better prepared to respond to all sorts of unexpected hazards: the car in front of you suddenly hits the brakes; someone swerves into your lane; something blows into the road from the shoulder; a tire blows out; a deer leaps into the road. Stay alert so you can react in a timely manner.
Even with all the advances made in vehicle technology and safety equipment, the fact remains: We must all be careful drivers who pay attention behind the wheel. There’s really no way around it, and your care and attention could be the difference between arriving safely at your destination or getting into a severe accident.
If you believe the crash that injured you was caused by a distracted driver, our experienced attorneys are here to help. To discuss the wreck and your options for pursuing compensation, please call Holder Susan Slusher in Columbia, MO, at 573-499-1700. We provide a complimentary consultation so you can learn more about your options and what our attorneys can do for you.