Distracted Driving Accidents
Cell phone technology is ever evolving, but most people still check their texts or create texts while driving. The cell phone is a distraction that causes thousands of accidents in Oklahoma every year despite recently designed safety aspects for drivers. Even when cell phones are used correctly in a vehicle, they can still be a distraction and the cause of a motor vehicle accident. The fact is, cell phones and other electronic devices create an atmosphere of distraction for the driver.
In a typical day in the United States, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving. That fact substantially increases the odds of an accident. Accidents due to distraction are usually more severe as well resulting in death and catastrophic injuries because the responsible party has no chance to take evasive action prior to impact. As expected, teens cause a significant amount of fatal crashes in the United States and Oklahoma.
Distracted driving is defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation as any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Any type of distraction endangers the safety of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Although text messaging, applications and mobile web interactions have come under fire for distracting drivers, other things like GPS systems, grooming and even adjusting radios and music can cause distractions that result in a car accident.
If you or a loved one sustained life-ending or life-altering injuries as the result of a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries, losses, and damages. If that is the case, call an experienced distracted driving attorney at the Law Firm of Clayton Bruner today to help you fight for your rights and the rights of your loved ones. All consultations are free and confidential, and we are available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.