Accidents caused by distracted driving have been increasing at an alarming rate primarily due to the popularity of smartphones and the “wired society”. Checking email, sending text messages or looking at your cell phone screen can be almost as dangerous as drinking and driving.
The number of accidents that occur because of distraction cannot easily be counted. Distracted driving car accidents are in some cases hard to document and tend to be underreported. Nevertheless, each year over 420,000 people are injured in car accidents that involved a distracted driver.
Over 10% of all drivers under the age of 20 who are involved in fatal crashes have been reported as distracted at the time of the wreck. It is this age group that has the single largest percentage of distracted drivers.
Texting a major cause
Last year over 150 billion text messages were sent in United States, each month. People who were driving at the time sent many of these. Studies have shown that taking your eyes off the road to look at your cell phone screen can be giving up the equivalent of three car lengths of safety cushion. That is the difference between an accident and avoiding an accident in many instances.
Cell phones are not the only culprits in distracted driving crashes. New technology is increasingly user-friendly and car manufacturers are adopting changes making their cars better and better. Unfortunately, with many of the technological advances, distractions such as a touchscreen radio can be dangerous when the driver is focused on the screen and not the roadway.
Other passengers can be the source of distraction and with teenage drivers the more passengers the more likely a distraction. https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving
At any given time during the day, over 600,000 drivers a United States are on their cell phone.
Distracted Driving Lawsuits
Both in the prosecution of the defense of a car accident injury lawsuit, questions regarding cell phone use and distraction are expected. Many companies have policies prohibiting cell phone use while driving.
Defense lawyers frequently request cell phone records of other drivers involved in a crash hoping to shift the responsibility off of their insured and onto the other parties. Likewise, the best personal injury attorneys seek to prove distraction and cell phone use when applicable. Here’s County juries have shown that they do not well receive drivers who were texting at the time of the crash.
Whether or not exemplary damages or punitive damages are available in a distracted driving accident will depend upon the specific facts and circumstances regarding the crash.
Get The Best Houston Auto Accident Lawyers
To speak with a distracted driving auto accident attorney in Houston contact the lawyers at the Baumgartner Law Firm to explore your rights and options. There is no charge for telephone conference regarding an accident. (281) 587-1111.