The rise in distracted driving
If you have been injured in an accident because the other driver was distracted, you are part of a frightfully growing number of accident victims. Personal injury attorneys in Charlotte and all across the country are dealing with unprecedented numbers of cases that involve distracted driving. There are many ways that a driver can be distracted, but the common thread is that the negligent driver missed paying attention at a critical time, leading to a crash. Distracted drivers put not only themselves, but everyone else on the road at risk. Statistics reveal that nearly two out of every ten car crashes in this country involves distraction, which results in more than 3,000 deaths and 416,000 injuries every year.
The danger of distracted driving
It is our opinion that time will prove distracted driving to be even more prevalent than the current numbers reveal. The exact numbers are unavailable because investigators are still developing and learning the technology that can fully discover and measure the extent to which driver distraction is a factor in a crash. Most commonly, wireless device records are accessed in cases of death or serious injury; however, in accidents that receive less scrutiny, many drivers will not admit fault, and police are less likely to discern the role of distraction. However, methods of reporting distracted driving are improving as the problem continues to grow.
Defining distracted driving
There are innumerable activities that can divert a driver’s attention. Most people will claim that they have full control of the vehicle, but it only takes a fraction of a second to be the length of time necessary for an accident to happen. Consider the most common activities that take our minds off driving:
• Signs and billboards
• Personal grooming
• Talking to passengers
• Reading maps
• Eating and drinking
• Changing CDs or Mp3
The cell phone debate
The first device that comes to mind when we think of distracted driving is the cell phone. It has undoubtedly attracted much of the focus and controversy regarding distracted driving. A significant number of studies have concluded that cell phone usage of any type, increases the chances of a driver having a crash by fourfold. With countless numbers of cell phones on the road at any given time, safety for all drivers is a major concern. The controversy begins with the idea that hands-free phones allow drivers to operate a phone safer. Again, research and studies conclude that hands-free cell phones offer no significant safety benefits over handset phones.
Charlotte personal injury lawyer handles distracted driver cases and injured in an accident
Hiring a personal injury attorney is essential if you want the best possible compensation after your accident. The Olive Law Firm of Charlotte, NC has more than 56 years of experience fighting for the rights of injured victims. They have earned a reputation as a trusted and compassionate Firm that prepares to take every case to court in order to obtain the best possible outcomes for their clients. If you want the best representation after you are injured in an accident, then call their office for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.