Auto accidents caused by distracted driving are common. In fact, slightly more than one in four auto accidents involve a cell phone. Despite that, drivers still routinely talk and text while behind the wheel. The team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau in Daytona Beach, FL, has over three decades of experience representing clients injured by distracted drivers. Our personal injury attorneys have the requisite knowledge, experience, and dedication to successfully handle the most difficult of cases and help our clients receive maximum compensation.
Common Distractions Leading to Accidents
An astounding 80 percent of accidents happen on account of distracted driving, this according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Further, one in six highway deaths are caused by distracted drivers. Taking your eyes off the road for even a split second can be fatal. Yet, believe it or not, there are drivers who read, write, and even stream videos while driving. Other more common behaviors include:
- Using Cellphones: Distracted driving is the leading cause of accidents in the United States. Among the activities that fall under the umbrella of distracted driving, cell phone usage stands virtually unchallenged. Talking on the phone, whether on a hand-held or hands-free device, is the most dangerous activity drivers do daily. Texting and, to a lesser extent, using the Internet are also contributors.
- Adjusting the Radio: No matter whether you listen to the radio, a streaming music player, or another device, adjusting the sound or changing what you are listening to can lead to catastrophe. At a speed of 70 miles per hour, your car will travel about 100 feet per second. So, looking away for even a second can cause you to close a substantial gap and crash into the car in front of you.
- GPS or Maps: Many of us rely on GPS or maps applications on our phone to tell us how to get to our destination. However, many drivers do not pull over or ask a passenger to input their destination, instead opting to do so as they go.
- Eating and Drinking: A majority of Americans eat fast food at least once a month, if not more. Reaching down for a drink or to unwrap a burger is dangerous because it diverts your attention away from what is happening around you.
- Talking to Passengers: It may feel rude not to carry a conversation with a passenger, especially a spouse, child, or friend. However, getting lost in conversation is a major reason why wrecks happen. Keep conversation to a minimum to reduce your chances of getting hurt.
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If you have suffered an injury at the hands of a distracted driver, you could receive substantial compensation. At Chanfrau & Chanfrau, we offer not only legal expertise, but also compassion for our clients. Let us fight on your behalf to win maximum compensation to cover your expenses. To learn more or to set up a free review of your personal injury case, visit us online or call (866) 610-0653 today.