Increase in bicycle accidents
Personal injury attorneys know that if you are a cyclist, chances are increasing that you will be injured in an accident. Statistics reveal that distracted drivers injure and/or kill an astounding number of cyclists every year. Motor vehicle fatality rates have decreased over the past five years while the rates of pedestrian and bicycle fatalities have increased during the same time period. In fact, the number of bicyclists who are killed by distracted drivers has risen over 30%.
Explaining distracted driving
Distracted driving renders a driver as impaired as driving under the influence of drug or alcohol. The most common form of distracted driving is reading or sending text messages on a cell phone or tablet at the same time that the driver is operating a vehicle. Studies have shown that simply talking on the cell phone will significantly decrease a driver’s attention and reaction time. However, there are many forms of distracted driving beyond cell phone use. It also includes distraction that is caused by:
- GPS usage and map reading
- Digital voice mail or speech to text
- Video billboards
- Applying makeup or performing personal grooming
- Eating while driving
- Reaching for items in the vehicle
- Operating the radio or CD player
- Talking with passengers
- Trying to control or manage a pet
- Taking photographs or “selfies” while driving
Literally anything that keeps you from paying complete attention to the road and traffic, qualifies as distracted driving.
Increase in cyclists on the road
The number of cyclists on the road has increased significantly over the last five years. There can be no argument that a community that integrates cycling as a viable means of transportation, offers a better quality life, and a brighter future. Bicycling can be a practical alternative to congested streets and a healthier, cleaner environment. There can be no doubt that cycling is also a very effective way to improve the physical health of Charlotte’s citizens. This is happening all across the country, and the citizens of Charlotte are discovering the many benefits of riding bicycles for recreation and a means of transportation. Local authorities must be aware of this trend and must work diligently to make bicycling in Charlotte safer and more efficient. The City must continue to adopt and implement long range plans that will help Charlotte become a city where cyclists can feel comfortable commuting, running errands, or simply enjoying a neighborhood ride with their family.
Charlotte personal injury attorney handles distracted driver cases
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 57 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.