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Carolyn, a car accident client of the firm.
Driver distraction refers to anything that takes the driver's attention away from the primary task of navigating the vehicle. In simple terms, driver distraction would be anything that takes your eyes or mind off the road or your hands off the wheel. These three elements of driver distraction are classified as visual, cognitive, and manual distraction.
There are countless tasks that would land in more than one category of distraction such as eating (visual and manual), or reading a book (visual, cognitive and manual). According to the National Highway Traffic Association, driver distraction contributes to between 20 and 30% of all crashes, which could have been entirely prevented if the driver was driving more responsibly.
The problem with distracted driving is that certain tasks require a significant amount of attention from the driver, not only that, but the real concern is the frequency of which drivers choose to multitask. In order to drive safely, it's important for drivers to give priority attention to the task of driving. In fact, even a momentary distraction can lead to a collision, potentially causing serious injuries to the driver, any passengers, and others in their environment.
If you have been injured by a distracted driver, a Pasadena personal injury attorney from McGee, Lerer & Associates can help you pursue maximum compensation for all of your economic and non-economic losses.
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Common Forms of Distracted Driving
Today, one of the most common causes of distracted driving is the cellular phone, which has become a significant highway safety concern. Today, more than 110 million people use cell phones in the United States, and that number is only expected to continue to grow. In 2010 alone, more than 3,000 people were killed by distracted driving crashes.
In addition to using a cell phone, common types of driver distraction include:
- Using a navigation system
- Eating and drinking
- Attending to children in the rear
- Reading, including maps or directions
- Watching a video
- Reading a text
- Adjusting the radio, CD player, the DVD player, or an MP3 player
- Reaching for a moving object inside the vehicle
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The NHTSA reports that in 2009, 5,474 people were killed in crashes involving driver distraction, and an estimated 448,000 were injured. NHTSA also reported that 16% of fatal crashes in the same year involved driver distraction and 20% of injury crashes involved reports of distracted driving. It's clear that distracted driving has been nationally recognized as a serious cause for concern; however, despite local and national media attention placed on the importance of avoiding driver distraction, it remains a growing contributor to car accidents across the globe.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident due to driver distraction, then we urge you to contact a Pasadena car accident attorney from our firm. With more than 35 years of combined experience strictly practicing personal injury law, we are confident we can pursue the compensation that you are entitled to. Nobody should have to shoulder the pain and expense of being an unwitting victim in a distracted driving collision and for this reason, we are here to help you in every way that we possibly can.
Were you a victim of distracted driving? If so, please contact a Pasadena car accident attorney from McGee, Lerer & Associates for legal support.