Cell Phone Use – the Worst Form of Distracted Driving

Cell Phone Use – the Worst Form of Distracted Driving

Jul 08
Cell Phone Use – the Worst Form of Distracted Driving

Studies show that 90% of the millions of cars accidents in the U.S. every year can blamed on bad road behavior which, basically, is the fault of drivers. Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)  and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the most common forms of bad road behavior are impaired driving (impairment may be due to alcohol and use of illegal or prescription drugs), driving beyond the set speed limit, driving too fast for certain road conditions, aggressive driving, reckless driving, and distracted driving with cell  phone use as the number one cause of distraction.

Cell phone use while driving is, thus far, the worst form of driving distraction in the U.S. The National Safety Council (NSC) 2013 records show that 1.2 million motor vehicle accidents that year were due to talking on the phone, while another 341,000 were due to texting while behind the wheel (the NHTSA recorded 5.69 million auto crashes during that same year).

While accidents due to cell phone use have continuously risen over the years, so did the number of those getting injured in crashes. Driving distraction, as defined by the CDC, is any activity that takes away a driver’s attention on driving. There is an endless list of activities that are considered driving distractions, including, but definitely not limited to: conversing with passengers (the more passengers in the car, the greater the distraction), eating, drinking, adjusting a GPS or a car radio, looking at a map, turning the radio’s volume to full blast, reaching for something from the backseat, driving angry, playing with a child, personal grooming, objects outside the car getting the driver’s attention, lighting a cigarette, smoking, using a laptop, and adjusting car’s climate controls.

To enable a driver to veer away from road dangers that can cause an accident without losing control of his/her vehicle he/she will have to focus on driving. In the event of an accident, a driver should know that he/she should accept liability, especially when it comes to compensating the victim he/she has injured.

“Accidents, “according to the law firm Clawson & Staubes, LLC: Injury Group, “often leave people confused, overwhelmed and with a sense of helplessness. In addition to coping with physical and emotional trauma, you must sort through the financial hardships associated with lost wages and the costs of medical treatment and recovery. You will have questions about whether you have a right of recovery and how to negotiate the legal process. Personal injury lawyers will not only answer your questions, but also develop a focused legal strategy to pursue a recovery. Their knowledge, experience, resources and perseverance will help you achieve results.”

Even minor injuries can require costly medical treatment, while serious injuries, such as head and spinal trauma, can cause permanent physical disability.

In light of these and other serious consequences that car accident victims may have to face, it is often possible for those who have been the victims of these types of accidents to take legal action against the party responsible for the accident.”

For a person injured in an auto accident caused by someone else’s negligent behavior, there are legal options available to fight for financial compensation. This compensation cannot erase your physical and emotional suffering, but it can help relieve the financial stress related to an injury. To learn more about these legal options and how a seasoned personal injury lawyer may be able to assist you, this is one website worth visiting: www.habush.com/practice-areas/personal-injury/motor-vehicle-accident/car-accident/

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