Car Accidents Due to Distracted Driving
Every day we’re bombarded with ringing phones, text messages, Internet emails, the sounds of talking and noise from other people, and advertisements are everywhere trying to grab our attention. It’s easy to get distracted. Unfortunately, the more distracted we are, the more likely that accidents will happen. Car accidents due to distracted driving have risen to alarming levels, and injuries caused by these accident can serious damage and suffering. A national campaign to prevent distracted driving seeks to raise awareness, and increased efforts by law enforcement hope to make an impact in a dangerous and potentially deadly situation.
Distracted driving is frequently responsible for an increasing number of car accidents on America’s roadways. According to the U.S. governmental website Distraction.gov, which aims to help prevent and eliminate distracted driving by raising public awareness, approximately 400,000 drivers are injured in distracted driving accidents each year, and the number of injuries – and fatalities – continues to rise.
Distracted driving occurs anytime a driver’s attention is diverted away from the task of driving.
Even taking your eyes off the road for just a few seconds is long enough to cause an accident. Driving demands focus, and requires us to comprehend and estimate a number of things at one time. By diverting your attention away from the road, you risk drifting into oncoming traffic, disregarding traffic signals, speeding, and missing signals of impending trouble that may require you to brake or change lanes suddenly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are three main types of distractions:
- Visual, in which you take your eyes off the road
- Physical, in terms of taking your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive, where your mind wanders and you’re not paying attention
Preventing Distracted Driving
According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, there are more and more states in which cell phone use and texting is illegal while driving. In South Carolina, texting while driving is illegal, and can get you pulled over, but cell phone use remains legal. Just because it’s not against the law doesn’t mean it’s okay to do; cell phone use is frequently cited as a contributing factor in accidents. Any activity you participate in behind the wheel is a distraction, including:
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Talking to passengers
- Taking photos or ‘selfies’
- Consulting maps or setting GPS systems
- Adjusting the car radio and CD player
The best rule of thumb is to play it safe. When you’re behind the wheel of a car, keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your attention focused on getting to your destination safely.
Contact an Experienced South Carolina Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been hurt or injured in a car accident caused by distracted driving, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm right away. Our experienced South Carolina car accident attorneys may be able to help you will get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Reach out to us today for an initial consultation.