Texting while driving is not the only way a driver becomes distracted. Talking on the phone, changing the radio station, or even disciplining unruly kids can lead to distracted driving. When a driver is not giving their full attention to the task at hand, accidents happen. In fact, distracted driving accounts for a large portion of all auto accidents that occur. This may be because it is difficult to avoid a distracted driver, since you are unaware of what other motorists are doing while behind the wheel.
The demographic with the largest number of distracted driving culprits is the teen group, which has less experience on the road. A study shows:
● 60% of teen related accidents are due to distracted driving.
● The distraction may be use of a cell phone, or simply having too many passengers in the car that take the driver’s attention away from the act of driving.
● In the final seconds leading up to an accident involving a teen driver, a total of 4.1 of those seconds were spent with their eyes off of the road.
Some things you can do to try and avoid an accident with a distracted driver are to keep a safe distance, which is a good rule to follow at all times. When you take steps to remove your vehicle from a close proximity to other cars, you decrease the chances of being in an accident. You can also steer clear of erratic drivers, and those motorists traveling at high rates of speed. However, if you are involved in an accident, contact our office for help. We will investigate the facts and determine the cause, whether the other driver was distracted or simply negligent, and fight for a full and fair recovery for your injuries.
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