Despite the public service announcements, stricter laws, and greater traffic enforcement, distracted driving remains a problem. Many accidents are caused by distracted drivers. These crashes lead to serious injuries and loss of life. In 2017, distracted driving resulted in 3,166 deaths.
Driving while texting is a serious problem. Sending a text or reading a text is a serious distraction. On average, reading or sending a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for five seconds. If you are driving your vehicle at 55 miles per hour, that would be the equivalent of driving the length of a football field while your eyes were closed. Driving requires the full attention of the person operating the vehicle, so crashes don’t occur.
Using a cell phone while driving increases the possibility of injuries or fatalities on roadways. There are other distractions besides texting and driving. Driving while eating, while applying makeup or brushing one’s hair, or changing CDs or adjusting the stereo can keep a driver’s eyes off the roadway long enough to cause a crash.
If a distracted driver has caused an accident that left you with injuries, you should consult with a knowledgeable auto accident injury attorney in the Portland/Vancouver metro area. You can pursue a personal injury claim against the negligent driver to recover compensation for your damages. Get your free case evaluation from the Harlan Law Firm today.