A driver distraction is defined as any attention given to a non-driving-related activity while behind the wheel of a vehicle - generally to the detriment of driving performance.
Such activities cause the driver's attention to be taken away from the road. Inexperienced and young drivers are most at risk demonstrated by the high proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.
Regardless of your age or your experience behind the wheel, you can still be a victim of a Tennessee distracted-driver auto accident. its important to
Distracted Drivers Statistics and Studies
In a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, it was found that about 80 percent of traffic accidents and approximately 65 percent of near-accidents occurred within three seconds of some type of driver distraction.
As the number of cell phone subscriptions rises per capita so does the number of annual fatality rate from distracted driving. The amount of outgoing text messages has increased over the last couple of years.
With more distracted drivers on the road, it is important to practice safety driving precautions. However, sometimes accidents do happen. If you have been injured in an accident involving a distracted driver, it is recommended that you seek medical attention right away.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a distracted driver car wreck, do not hesitate to contact the experienced auto accident attorneys at Greg Coleman Law. You may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages and physical and emotional anguish.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver contact us by filling out the form to the right.
Common Distractions for Drivers
According to the NHTSA, about 6,000 people died and more than 1 million were injured in distracted-driving car accidents in 2008. There are many types of driver distractions.
Common types of distractions include:
- Cell phone use- (including answering the phone, holding a conversation or texting)
- Playing with radio controls (changing the radio station and volume)
- Putting in a CD or using a music device such as an iPod or MP3 player
- Taking care of screaming children
- Using a GPS
- Talking to a passenger
- Eating or drinking while behind the wheel
- Looking at something outside the vehicle (i.e. a billboard or a roadside accident)
- Applying makeup
- Reaching for something thats inside the car
- Having a pet in the car
Contact a Tennessee Distracted Driver Accident Attorney
Driving a vehicle involves the coordination of your vision and your reflexes. By taking your eyes or mind off the road or taking your hands off the wheel for even a second, your chances of being involved in a serious car accident increase significantly.
You should not be held accountable for an accident that was caused by the actions of another. Our experienced staff will review the facts and evidence of your case and guide you on your next course of action.