It only takes one reckless driver to cause a car accident. This is part of what makes distracted driving so dangerous because even motorists who are careful may not be able to prevent an accident when one driver is not focusing. Greenville residents could protect themselves by learning more about distracted driving and can turn to an accident attorney if injured by a distracted driver.
Distracted driving occurs when motorists do things that take their attention away from driving. This may involve taking one’s eyes off the road, mind off driving or hands off the wheel, and examples of this include using a cell phone or eating while driving. The available car accident data shows that 421,000 people suffered injuries in distracted driving crashes in 2012, which was a 9% increase from 2011.
The Worst Offense
Of everything one can do while behind the wheel, texting and driving is especially dangerous because it takes a driver’s hands, eyes and mind all off the road at the same time. Young people and those with less experience driving are especially likely to cause accidents when texting while operating a vehicle, but one study indicated that 31% of those ages 18-64 text at least once a month while driving.
If An Accident Happens
It is important to seek medical attention and get information about what happened if you are involved in a car crash. If another driver was acting negligent by doing something like texting and driving or speeding, this motorist may be liable for the costs you suffer resulting from the accident. You should not have to pay for the actions of a distracted driver, so contact us to learn more information about your options.