According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10% of all fatal car accidents in the U.S. from 2012 to 2017 were caused by distracted drivers. Distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,166 people in 2017 alone.
Distracted driving is a broad term because there are so many things that could divert a driver’s attention from the road. A few examples of distracted driving include:
The NHTSA considers mobile phone texting as the most alarming distraction, and the problem seems to be increasing each year.
While texting and driving affect millennials more than any other generation, including Generation Z, it seems that this problem affects every demographic, and is particularly hazardous to the safety of everyone on the road.
Texting while driving comprises of all three types of distracted driving: manual (taking your hands off the wheel), cognitive (distracting your mind), and visual (taking your eyes off the road).
As drivers, we all must pay attention to the road and other vehicles around us. To make sure you’re paying attention at all times, keep these tips in mind:
If a distracted driver causes you harm, you have the right to hold them accountable for your injuries and damage to your property. Turn to the New York car accident lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP as soon as possible, and we’ll help you understand your rights and legal options during a free, no-obligation consultation. Call us at (212) 779-0057 to schedule yours today.
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