Don’t Become A Distracted Driving Statistic
Despite the public service announcements and the campaigns to stop distracted driving, it remains a problem today. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 9 people die and 1,000 more are injured daily in auto crashes involving at least one distracted driver.
During 2019, distracted driving was reported to be a contributing factor in 8.5 percent of fatal auto accidents. While people automatically connect texting and driving as distracted driving, there are many other ways that someone can be distracted while behind the steering wheel of a vehicle.
Eating or drinking while driving can be a distraction, and 56.7 percent of 2,000 survey respondents admitted to doing that when behind the wheel. When it comes to texting and driving, 28.6 percent of respondents admitted that they had texted while driving, but other distractions involving cell phones included work-related emails, taking photos or videos, and video chatting.
Other distractions include reading while driving, applying makeup, brushing teeth, or adjusting the radio or switching music devices, such as looking for a song on a mobile device or changing CDs. Even a child in the backseat can be a distraction if the driver turns around while driving, or if they try to address the child’s needs while they are operating a vehicle.
Personal Injury Claims After Distracted Driving Accidents
If you have been in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you can pursue a personal injury claim. Distracted driving is negligent, and if you can show that all four elements of negligence apply to your situation, you can have a successful claim and recover compensation for your damages. There are many damages that can result from a distracted driving accident.
As an example, you will most likely have property damages, medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. Other damages that may result include permanent scarring and disfigurement, future loss of earnings, and future medical expenses. A personal injury attorney will be able to review the details of your claim and determine which damages you suffered because of the crash caused by the distracted driver.
You should maintain supporting documentation, such as an accident report, medical bills, medical records, repair estimates, and witness statements. The more supporting evidence and documentation that you have, the stronger your claim against the other driver.
Enlist The Help Of A Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured by a distracted driving in the Portland-Vancouver metro area, call the Harlan Law Firm for a case review. The details of your accident will be reviewed, and they will determine the best way to proceed with your claim against the liable party. Call today for your case evaluation.