It’s no secret that distracted driving is a growing problem across America. In fact, studies have shown that distracted driving accounts for about 25 percent of all car accident deaths. This is staggering considering that more than 3,400 people were killed in distracted driving wrecks in one year alone, 2015, and another 391,000 were injured. Motorists mistakenly think that they can glance down at their phone, a magazine or food without missing anything on the road. Yet, given the speed at which an individual may be traveling when attention is taken off of the road, a significant distance may pass without a driver even seeing it.
There have been a number of public safety and law enforcement initiatives aimed at curtailing distracted driving. Many of these efforts tout the penalties of non-compliance with the law and the danger of failing to remain attentive while behind the wheel. Yet, despite these warnings, far too many motorists still choose to engage in other tasks while they are driving.
Distracted driving can affect anyone, too. However, teenagers are especially susceptible, which is worrisome for many reasons. One of these reasons is that a distracted teen driver has a reaction time that is similar to a 70-year-old who is using an electronic device. Another reason is that as many as one-third of teen drivers have admitted to texting while driving.
Those who are injured in an accident caused by distracted driving often have a long and difficult road to recovery. They often suffer serious injuries that cause extensive pain and suffering, and the emotional and financial damages thrust upon them can be overwhelming. Although governments, law enforcement agencies and non-profit groups are doing their best to bring an end to distracted driving, their efforts do nothing for those who have already been harmed by distracted drivers. This is why pursuing a personal injury lawsuit may be the best way to impose liability, recover compensation and find closure.