Despite compelling television commercial campaigns and country-wide warnings from talk show hosts and news journalists, distracted driving accidents continue to occur.
Over 1,000 Americans are hurt daily in car accidents where texting, talking on a cell phone, eating, or even reading were to blame, necessitating the involvement of a personal injury attorney, significant court costs and drivers license fees.
Even looking at a navigational aid such as a paper map or GPS can be to blame for distracted driver crashes and injuries. As of three years ago, over 400,000 people had been involved in a car accident on American roads that required a car accident lawyer or personal injury attorney.
Although Americans know that distracted driving can be dangerous, more than two-thirds of respondents in a recent survey admitted to the survey taker that they had talked on the phone while operating a vehicle.
Older adults are just as likely to have a cell phone conversation as teenagers or younger adults. The problem seems to be one that every generation of American drivers needs to overcome for the sake of automotive safety.
A car accident lawyer or personal injury lawyer can help if a criminal defense is needed or if juvenile law is relevant. Teenagers are about three times more likely to be involved in a road accident: ages 16 to 19 is a time when many teens are just learning how to drive and have not fully developed vehicular control.
Instead of driving while distracted, drivers should cultivate the habit of stopping at a safe place, at a safe distance from busy roads, in order to take care of map reading, phone calls, eating, and even posting on social media. If a short nap is necessary, drivers can park at a public place that has cameras to ensure personal safety.
At a time when millions of Americans experience accident or injury every year, being safe and focused on the road while driving is a matter of national importance. According to current statistics, attentive, defensive driving should be always be high priority for drivers of any age.