Distracted driving has been growing as a cause of accidents on the highways of Washington and the rest of the United States. Recent reports indicate that approximately nine people die as a result of distracted drivers every day. Over 1,153 people suffer injuries in the same time period.
Distractions to the focus of the driver generally come in three categories. Manual distractions occur when the driver takes their hands off the wheel. Visual distractions come when the driver looks away from the road. Cognitive distractions happen when the driver is thinking about something else besides driving, such a text message or a cellphone conversation. All three types of distraction have the potential to raise the odds of an accident by a substantial amount. Texting or talking on the phone has the capability to cause all three types of distraction at once.
Talking on a phone while driving an automobile is very common in the U.S. A survey of drivers ages 18 to 64 discovered that 69 percent of them admitted to using a phone while driving within the last month. Furthermore, 31 percent of them said they had sent or received a text message while driving during the last month. Experts indicate that texting might be more dangerous than cellphone usage, as texting requires that the driver look away from the road.
Any personal injury that was caused through the irresponsible action of another may be grounds for a lawsuit demanding just compensation. The assistance of an attorney may be beneficial to those seeking advice about the right way to file a lawsuit. They may also be able to provide legal representation in any appearances before the court or negotiations with the defendants in the lawsuit.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Distracted Driving", December 28, 2014