If you’ve been injured in a Colorado Springs distracted driver accident, the experienced attorneys at The Green Law Firm, P.C. are here to help. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every year approximately 421,000 individuals are injured in distracted driving accidents. Distracted driving occurs anytime a driver’s attention is diverted away from driving. Common distracted driving behaviors include:
- Talking on cellphones
- Eating and drinking
- Interacting with GPS or other devices, and
- Talking to passengers
Accidents Caused by Distracted Driving
A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) observed that today’s drivers multi-tasked while driving up to 50% of the time. 34% of all drivers reported using a cell phone routinely while driving. In fact, it is estimated that at any given moment, as many as 660,000 American drivers are using a cellphone while operating a motor vehicle.
Younger drivers are particularly susceptible to distractions. Drivers, under the age of 20, account for the largest percentage of distracted drivers. Ten percent of young drivers, who were involved in a fatal crash, were driving distracted at the time.
If you have been involved in a car accident with a distracted driver, it is important to speak to an experienced lawyer immediately. Cellphone records and eyewitness accounts must be obtained quickly before they are lost forever. This evidence can be critical to establishing fault and winning your case.
Every year, distracted drivers cause serious accidents and thousands of dollars in property damage. If you have been injured in a car accident in Colorado and a distracted driver was at fault, call our office today to schedule a FREE consultation. Our attorneys know that you need compensation for injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We can help you seek justice after a serious automobile accident.
Reducing Distracted Driving
The best chance of reducing the number of distracted driving accidents is to educate the general public about the types of distractions, and the effect they have on your ability to safely operate an automobile. There are three main types of distractions:
- Manual- physically removing your hands from the wheel
- Visual- taking your eyes off the road
- Cognitive- taking your mind off driving
Different secondary tasks while driving involve different forms of distraction. However, talking on a handheld cellular device involves all three forms, making it virtually impossible for a driver to function properly behind the wheel.
Colorado Cellphone Use Laws
The state of Colorado bans the use of both handheld and hands-free cell phone use for novice drivers, and texting for all drivers is banned. Both of these are primary laws, meaning an officer may contact and ticket a motorist for these offenses without them having committed any other driving offense.
Contact Colorado Springs Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in a car accident with a distracted driver in Colorado Springs, contact the experienced Colorado Springs car accident attorneys at the Green Law Firm today to schedule a no-obligation consultation and discuss your case. Call us today at 1-719-694-8515.