Texting & Distracted Driving
Have you or a loved one been injured by a driver that was texting or was otherwise distracted? With virtually every American owning a cell phone, distracted driving has become a threat on the nation's roads. Mobile phones have every modern convenience and make our lives easier, but using a cell phone to text, email or using a smart phone app while driving can cause a distraction worse than drunk driving and lead to a serious accident. Studies show that drivers using phones to text are twice as likely to cause a crash as a drunk driver and are eight times as likely to cause a crash as other drivers. There are three main types of distractions:
- Visual-taking your eyes off the road;
- Manual-taking your hands off the wheel; and
- Cognitive-taking your mind off of what you are doing.
Distractions that prevent a driver from giving their full attention to driving include:
- Texting, emailing or internet browsing
- Talking on the phone
- Using car navigation or internet features
- Unrestrained dogs in the passenger compartment or lap
- Eating fast food or drinking
- Reaching for an object on the floor or back seat
- Looking away from the roadway for some other reason
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Distracted Driving: Trucking Accidents
The first study of truck drivers' texting inside their vehicles shows that the risk of texting while driving a truck far surpasses the dangers of other driving distractions. The new study, which entailed outfitting the cabs of long-haul trucks with video cameras over 18 months, found that when the drivers texted, their collision risk was 23 times greater than when not texting. Operating a tractor trailer or semi on the highway requires a special skills and anything that causes a truck driver to be distracted or take their hands from the wheel can cause a serious accident.
Stueve Siegel Hanson has seen first-hand the dangers associated with texting while driving and distracted driving. Our firm has represented clients in wrongful death and other serious accident cases caused by driver's negligence or reckless conduct. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by distracted driving, let us help you navigate the complex legal world of insurance companies, claims agents and legal proceedings. We can help your family find the justice you deserve. Call us for a free consultation: 1-866-714-0877 or complete the contact form below.
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