Distracted driving accidents injure hundreds of thousands of people each year. If you or a loved one have been injured, contact the Green Law Firm, P.C. for experienced help today.
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 observed that today’s drivers multi-tasked while driving up to 50% of the time, while 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.
It is estimated that 10% of young drivers who were involved in a fatal crash, were driving distracted at the time of the collision.
Distracted Driving Accident Legal Claims
The steps taken after a distracted driving accident are critical to an injured person getting the fair compensation they require to get their lives back to normal.
It’s important first and foremost, to receive medical treatment for your injuries. Even if you think you might not be injured, you should still see a doctor as some injuries may take time to develop. A doctor will be able to assess your situation and symptoms, and provide you with important medical advice.
It’s also critical to save and document any and all evidence that can be found at the scene of the crash. This includes not only photos of the crash scene, but also eye witness accounts and contact information for all involved and all witnesses. This evidence can be critical to establishing fault and winning your case.
Other pieces of evidence, such as cellphone records, may be more difficult to obtain, but an experienced attorney will have the knowledge and resources required to get ahold of this evidence, before it is lost forever.
Every year, distracted drivers cause serious accidents and thousands of dollars in property damage, as well as thousands of injuries. These damages will require fair compensation to make the injured party whole. A capable attorney can help.
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 all of the different types of distractions that exist, 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, regardless of age or experience, 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.