Distracted Driving Is a Leading Cause of Auto Accidents
Driving is one of the riskiest activities a person will engage in day-to-day. There are many hazards that contribute to auto accidents, including faulty vehicle parts, poor traffic signage, and dangerous weather conditions. But the biggest danger on the road is other drivers.
Each day, countless drivers make reckless or negligent decisions that put their lives and the lives of others at risk. Auto accidents result in millions of dollars in damages, over a million deaths, and nearly 50 million injuries each year in the United States alone. Most drivers have no ill intent when they practice dangerous driving habits. In fact, many times, accidents are caused by distracted driving, a habit that many people do not realize is so dangerous.
The auto accident lawyers at Charpentier Law Firm have extensive experience handling cases involving auto accidents and distracted driving in the Melbourne, FL area. Victims of accidents caused by distracted driving should contact our practice as soon as possible to learn more about their rights to financial compensation for accident damages.
When most people think of distracted driving, they think of cell phone use. While texting or talking on the phone while driving is one of the most common forms of distracted driving, there are many others. Distracted driving is a broad term that defines any activity that diverts a driver’s attention away from the road. Common examples of distracted driving include:
- Talking on a cell phone (even using a hands-free device)
- Eating or drinking
- Playing with the car radio or stereo system
- Talking to passengers in the vehicle
- Use of a navigation system
Dangers of Distracted Driving
Driving is a task that requires constant attention. Taking your eyes off the road for a few short seconds can lead to serious, or deadly, consequences. Part of the problem is that the road is constantly changing, and cars are usually traveling at fast speeds. When a car is driving 55 mph, it can travel the length of a football field in just five seconds, which is the average amount of time it takes to send out a text. That short amount of time is all it takes to cause an auto accident.
Statistics clearly highlight the dangers of distracted driving. According to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, close to 3,500 lives are lost each year in auto accidents caused by distracted driving, and nearly 400,000 are injured in car accidents involving distracted drivers.
Know Your Rights
Those who are injured in an auto accident caused by distracted driving may be due financial compensation for their losses. It is important to contact an experienced auto accident attorney, such as those at Charpentier Law Firm, as soon as possible after an accident has occurred. Our attorneys will act quickly to collect the evidence that is necessary to prove liability in an accident so that our clients can be compensated for damages including lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in an auto accident, our attorneys will fight to ensure your rights are protected. Contact the experienced attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case and find out more about your legal right to financial compensation.