Possible Fatal Mistakes Distracted Driving can Cause

During the first quarter of 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 6,800 fatal car crashes all across the U.S. Though this count was 4.9 percent lower than the count during the same quarter of the previous year, 7,150 fatalities, it was still a big number, considering the fact that car accidents are totally preventable; the only thing necessary is that drivers observe proper road behavior road and traffic safety rules.

The possible consequences of a car accident include bruises, lacerations, injury to the neck, head or spinal column, amputated limb, bone fracture, painful and sore chest, neck, legs, arms and back, or untimely death. The most common causes of these accidents are driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI), driving beyond the speed limit and distracted driving – bad road behavior or driver errors which cause more than 90% of all road crashes.  

For many years, the NHTSA has identified alcohol-impaired driving as the leading cause of car crashes. Recently, however, another cause has become more prevalent, one that even the most careful of drivers can be guilty of: distracted driving.  

Distracted driving refers to any form of activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Based on the list posted in the website of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD., of driving distractions include, but are not limited to:

  • Rubbernecking (looking at roadside events or accidents)
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Choosing or inserting CD
  • Eating or drinking
  • Grooming, for example brushing hair or applying makeup
  • Setting the GPS
  • Reading
  • Consulting a map or written directions
  • Disciplining children
  • Unrestrained pets
  • Reaching for fallen objects
  • Talking to passengers, and
  • Talking on a cell phone and texting, which are today’s most dangerous form of distraction while behind the wheel

Any form of distraction while driving at a high speed, even for just a couple of seconds, may cause a driver to:

  • Drift out of the proper lane and into the path of an oncoming car traveling in the opposite direction
  • Fail to signal lane changes or turns
  • Change lanes without checking blind spots
  • Turn the wrong way onto a one way street
  • Enter a highway ramp in the wrong direction
  • Disregard a traffic signal
  • Fail to notice a bicyclist or pedestrian on or near the road

Anyone, including experienced and the most careful drivers, can be distracted while driving; however, the ones most prone to this bad driving behavior are young drivers, particularly those aged between 18 and 25.

An article posted on a website found at mazininjurylawyers.com, says that cars and vehicles are a valuable asset for independent individuals. However, car accidents happen far too frequently, resulting in lost wages, and even death or serious injury. When a car accident is the fault of one specific party, it is greatly unfair to expect the innocent party to waste their time and resources dealing with the situation, especially in the event of a wrongful death. This is why it would be wise for any individual to learn about his/her legal rights in the event that he/she gets injured in an accident due to someone else’s fault.

 

 

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