The distracted driver poses a threat to the safety of other motorists and pedestrians. Car collision injuries attributable to distracted driving totaled more than 400,000 across the nation. Texting and driving is one of the behaviors that motorists engage in that could result in a head-on collision or other type of car accident.
The government estimates that more than 150 billion text messages are sent in the U.S. each month. Texting is not, however, the only conduct that a negligent driver might engage in that could lead to a collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian.
Some of the more commonly engaged in activities that could distract a driver and cause a car collision include:
- Eating or drinking
- Using GPS systems
- Reading maps or other printed materials
- Engaging in conversations with passengers
- Personal grooming activities, such as combing hair or applying makeup
- Using a cellphone for texting or talking
Any of these activities can cause a motorist’s attention to be diverted from concentrating on driving and being aware of what is going on ahead and around his or her vehicle. Even the simple act of tuning the radio can cause a momentary glance away from the road. At a speed of 55 mph, a car travels at least 100 yards in only five seconds.
If you have suffered serious car accident injuries due to the negligent conduct of a distracted driver, a New City, New York, personal injury attorney might be of assistance. You might be entitled to recover compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost earnings and other damages depending upon the facts and circumstances of the accident.