Distracted driving and bicycle accident by Injury attorney
Personal injury attorneys know that if you are a cyclist that has been injured in an accident, you are part of a disturbing trend. Statistics reveal that distracted driving injures and kills an astounding number of cyclists every year. Motor vehicle fatality rates have decreased in the U.S. in the past five years, during the same time period, the rates of pedestrian and bicycle fatalities have risen significantly. The number of bicyclists who are killed by distracted drivers has risen over 30% in only 5 years. We explained in an earlier article how distracted driving has become a significant factor in car crashes. Distracted motor vehicle crashes were 16% of the total number of accidents in 2012, and we know that distracted driving cases are underreported.
What is distracted driving?
Perhaps the most common form of distracted driving is reading text messages or sending text messages at the same time that the driver is operating a vehicle. Even talking on the cell phone has been proven to decrease a driver’s attention and reaction time. However, distracted driving is more than cell phone use. It also includes distraction caused by:
• GPS usage and map reading
• computer usage
• video billboards outside the vehicle
• personal grooming or applying make-up
• reaching for falling items
• operating the radio or CD player
• talking to passengers
• trying to manage a pet
Virtually anything that keeps you from paying complete attention to the road and traffic qualifies as distracted driving.
A community that integrates cycling as a viable means of transportation offers a higher quality life. Bicycling is a practical alternative to congested streets; it contributes to a cleaner environment, and is an effective way to improve the physical health of Charlotte’s citizens. As is happening all across the country, more people in Charlotte are discovering the many other benefits of bicycling. Local authorities are working to make bicycling in Charlotte safer and more efficient. The City has adopted long range plans to help Charlotte become a city where cyclists can feel comfortable commuting, running errands, or simply enjoying a neighborhood ride with the family.
Charlotte personal injury lawyer 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 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.