There are many things that can cause auto accidents. But perhaps the most
common is driver distraction. Distractions can turn the best drivers into
serious hazards. In fact, it has been said that driving while using a
cell phone or other distracting device can be at least as dangerous as
driving while intoxicated. Unfortunately, we are all susceptible to some
distractions while behind the wheel. But when drivers choose to engage
in conduct that they know will diminish their attention to the road, they
unnecessarily put other motorists and pedestrians at risk.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that driver distraction plays a role in nearly one out of
every five auto accidents. One of the most common but avoidable sources
of distraction are handheld electronic devices. Two thirds of American
drivers report having talked on a cell phone while driving in the last
30 days. One third report having sent or read a text message while driving.
What’s more, using voice activated or hands-free units appears to
have only a marginal effect on decreasing distraction.
When investigating an accident where it appears driver distraction may
have plaid a role, experienced personal injury litigators can use phone
records, accident photos and eyewitness accounts to determine what the
drivers were doing just prior to the accident. In many states it is illegal
to use a cell phone or text message while driving. However, even if it
is not specifically illegal, it may still be strong evidence of negligence.
car accident litigation attorney can review the circumstances of your accident to determine
what role cell phone use or other driver distractions may have played
and what impact it may have on your legal claim.
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