Auto Accidents and Distracted Driving

Most auto accidents are caused by another driver’s negligence. This includes anything from driving too fast or too slow, being distracted, ignoring signals and signs, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The Phenomenon of Distraction

You see it all the time: drivers in their cars using their Smartphones and taking their eyes off the road.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” It puts that driver, the passengers, and everyone else sharing the road, at serious risk.

Cell phone use requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver. It is by far the most alarming distraction on the highways today. In fact, texting while driving increases the risk of a crash by two times over non-distracted driving.

In 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

When a driver is distracted, they are more likely to engage in the following dangerous behaviors:

  • Striking an object or vehicle
  • Inability to safely maintain lane control
  • Driving into opposing or crossing traffic
  • Slow response to traffic signals
  • Turning abruptly or illegally
  • Failure to maintain consistent speed
  • Failure to signal
  • Intermittently looking down

Whether an auto accident was caused by the other driver being distracted or some other reason, it is important to begin investigating all possible contributing causes of the accident right away in order to acquire evidence and determine fault for injuries. These cases can be complicated, so it is essential to contact an experienced Auto Accident Lawyer as soon as possible.

At Gerling Law, we service the entire Tri-State area including the communities of Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Owensboro. We have the experience and resources to handle the details of your case while you devote your time and energy to your recovery. For over five decades, our firm has helped individuals get their lives back after an accident.

Contact us now to learn more at 888-437-5464, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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