The Dangers of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is defined as any activity which may direct a person’s attention away from driving. In fact, all distractions may endanger the driver, passenger, and bystanders. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that nearly 421,000 people were injured in auto accidents involving distracted drivers in 2010, which is a nine percent increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011.
Have you or someone you love become injured in an accident that was caused by a distracted driver? Have you considered filing a damages claim to help compensate you for any losses that you may sustained as a result of that collision?
At the law offices of Simien & Simien, our auto accident lawyers have served the injured across Louisiana and Texas for over 25 years, and have handled dozens of distracted driving cases.
We offer 100% FREE consultations to help determine if you have grounds to file a lawsuit and we only get paid when we win.
For more information, call 800-374-8422 or complete the Free Case Evaluation form located on this page.
Types of Distractions
Distracted driving may present itself in many different forms, some of which may be more dangerous than others. In any case, there are several types of distractions that all drivers should be aware of.
The following include some common distractions:
- Adjusting the radio
- Talking to passengers
- Using a mobile phone
- Watching videos
Over the past decade, texting and driving has become the largest distraction of all, as it requires visual, manual and cognitive attention.
Distracted Driving Injuries
Any type of auto accident possesses the ability to cause injuries, while distracted driving accidents may be more severe as the driver lacks the time to maneuver around certain hazards. By doing so, it may result in serious injuries to the occupants of both vehicles.
The following include some common types of injuries sustained in a distracted driving accident:
- Facial damages
- Fractured bones
- Internal damages
- Loss of teeth
- Seat belt injuries
If you or another person has sustained an injury following a collision, it is imperative to seek medical attention directly following the accident. This will provide you with medical documents required to formulate a robust case against the negligent driver.
Distracted Driving Statistics
Often times, we may not understand the tremendous effect distracted driving has across our nation, while statistics may be used to demonstrate these dangers.
The following include some distracted driving statistics:
- 20 percent of teenagers and 10 percent of parents admit they have had multi-message text conversations while driving. (UMTRI)
- A quarter of all teen drivers respond to text messages at least once each time they drive. (UMTRI)
- During the daytime across America, nearly 660,000 drivers are using their mobile devise while driving. (NOPUS)
- Engaging in visual-manual subtasks associated with the use of mobile devices increases the risk of an accident up to three times. (VTTI)
- Of all drivers between the age of 15 and 19 involved in fatal collisions, 21 percent were using their mobile phone. (NHTSA)
- Sending and receiving text messages takes a drivers eyes of the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, while driving at 55 miles per hour the length of a football field is covered, blind. (VTTI)
- Using a headset while talking on your phone and driving is no saver than holding the device (VTTI)
Contact Our Distracted Driving Lawyers Today
An automobile accident may occur at any moment while driving, while driving while distracted simply increases our chances of being involved in an accident. At Simien & Simien, our lawyers advise all drivers to pay full attention while driving and abide by all traffic laws. By doing so, we can all do our part in reducing the amount of accidents that occur each year across our nations roadways.
With offices in both Louisiana and Texas, our attorneys are able to serve the injured throughout each of these states. The following includes some of the locations our legal team serves:
- Baton Rouge
- Lake Charles
- New Orleans
- Port Allen
To get started today, call 1-800-374-8422, or complete the Free Case Evaluation form located at the upper right of this page.