Every year, during the month of April, states throughout the country take notice of the inherent dangers imposed by distracted driving behaviors. As the month draws to a close, we would like to stress the importance of practicing safe driving behaviors all year round, not just in the month of April. Reports issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated that more than 3,000 people wrongfully lost their lives in 2010 due to a car accident that was caused by distracted driving. What's more, over 5,000 people were killed in 2009 from a crash that involved a distracted driver. Distractions can take many forms, including visual, manual and cognitive distractions. Particularly, those behaviors that cause the most distractions to drivers who are meant to be focusing solely on the road are:
- Talking on the phone
- Eating / drinking
- Using a navigation system
- Talking to a passenger
- Adjusting the radio, media player, etc.
- Reading a map
Any and all of these behaviors leave drivers prone to distraction, and consequently, other drivers on the road are more prone to being injured or killed in a collision caused by such a distraction. In 2009, NHTSA reported that 16% of all fatal crashes in the U.S. were in some way associated with the actions of a distracted driver; 20% of injury crash reports were caused by similar means. If you were injured or you lost a loved one in a car crash that was caused by a distracted driver then you are entitled to take legal action. You can do so with the help of a Shreveport personal injury attorney from our firm.
At Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers, we are to help you recover from an injury accident that was caused by a distracted driver. When you contact a Shreveport car accident lawyer at our office you can schedule an appointment to meet with an associate at our firm; we even have evening and weekend appointments for your convenience.