On behalf of Law Offices of Kathleen G. Alvarado posted in personal injury on Saturday, June 30, 2018.
This study, which was conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, determined that each year, 3,500 die across the United States because of distracted drivers. Moreover, an additional 390,000 victims suffer some sort of injury related to distracted driving.
As this blog has discussed previously, distracted driving can be caused by a number of things, including the car’s radio, air conditioning controls or other technology.
To this point, many manufacturers of vehicles are trying to keep up with the demand for sophisticated technology by adding navigation systems and systems a driver can use to make a phone call without having to pull out his or her cell phone.
The problem with these devices, the study found, is that they have a tendency to take a driver’s eyes off of the road for longer than do similar devices one can purchase and put in the vehicle after the fact. For instance, a driver will spend about 15 additional seconds operating an in-car navigation system as opposed to an aftermarket device.
Whatever the reason it happens, though, this latest study should only confirm in people’s minds that distracted driving is both dangerous and irresponsible. Despite their not being acceptable behavior, though, many people still engage in habits like texting and driving. When they do so, they put others on the road at risk.
If a car accident victim finds out that a distracted driver caused his or her injuries because the driver was not paying attention, then the victim may have the option to pursue compensation from that driver via a personal injury cause of action.