It is no secret that distracted driving is a growing concern across the country. In fact, a recent survey of drivers found that most drivers feel less safe on the road than they did just five years ago, despite anti-texting laws and safer vehicles. The widespread use of cellphones is one of the main sources of distraction for drivers, increasing the chance of a car accident and serious injuries.
Pennsylvania readers will be interested to know that statistics indicate drivers are focused on things other than driving about half of the time. Distracted driving includes behaviors such as texting, talking on the phone or to passengers, putting on makeup and other similar tasks. Studies indicate that distracted driving causes approximately 5,000 deaths across the country every year.
A study done by the AAA Foundation Traffic Safety Culture Index found that teenage drivers are the age group most prone to distraction behind the wheel. Texting, emailing and even downloading music were some of the most common distractions. It is important for the safety of drivers everywhere to educate individuals about the mental and physical impairment that can be caused by distraction.
If you believe that your car accident was caused by a distracted driver, you may assume that you have no options simply because it can be difficult to validate a personal injury claim. By seeking the help of a legal expert, Pennsylvania victims can assert their rights and seek evidence that can be used to ensure their claim has merit. Victims of distracted driving may be eligible for financial compensation and should take steps to protect their interests after an accident.
Source: enddd.org, “Research & Statistics“, July 6, 2015