As the name suggests, distracted driving is any activity that could divert a driver’s attention away from the road.
While distracted driving has always been a problem, this is even more so the case in today’s world. This is due to the advancement of technology, such as smartphones.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), more than 3,000 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver in 2010. Even more telling is the fact that approximately 416,000 were injured in such an accident.
Distracted driving can include but is not limited to texting and driving, using an electronic device, talking to passengers, drinking or eating, watching a video, reading, adjusting a radio or navigation system and grooming.
This problem is one that spans the entire country, not just one state in particular. In South Carolina, for example, authorities are concerned about how many of these accidents are occurring.
In 2009, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety Traffic Collision Fact Book noted that distracted driving was responsible for 9,716 accidents, or approximately 10 percent of total crashes blamed on the driver.
Even if you understand the dangers of distracted driving, it doesn’t mean others on the road are in the same frame of mind. Our attorneys understand the seriousness of this activity, as well as the consequences.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed by a distracted driver, you will want to learn more about your legal rights and how to recover compensation for damages. You can search our website for a variety of information pertaining to this subject matter.