Here are Some Common Causes of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a major concern because it can be the cause of serious accidents on the roads. Distracted driving used to be caused by eating, or reading in the car. However, today there are many more common causes of distracted driving. Certainly, cell phone use is one of the most serious distractions while behind the wheel.

What Causes Distracted Driving Accidents?

There are more drivers on the road today than ever before which increases the likelihood of being involved in an accident increases. To confront this reality, drivers need to be more aware of the roadway and of other vehicles. Defensive driving is of utmost importance.

Cell Phone Use While Driving

Of all the distractions, cell phone use – including texting – is by far the most common factor in serious accidents. Reading a text message may take only 10 seconds, but during that time your vehicle may have traveled the length of a couple of football fields. That’s a long time to drive without looking at the road. Texting while driving is banned in some Arizona cities, including Phoenix.

Accidents Caused by Distracted Driving

Accidents that are caused by distracted driving are often very serious. The injuries may include head trauma, back injuries, broken bones, lacerations, and internal injuries, among others. The victims may require immediate emergency surgery, and some may not survive. In some cases, people need ongoing care and rehabilitation and additional treatment. Recovery can take months or years and some may never fully recover.

Legal Action to Recover Damages

Medical care after a serious accident can be extremely expensive. Victims or their families may be owed money to compensate them for medical treatment and damages. Damages may include such things as money for pain and suffering, lost wages, and loss of enjoyment of life, among other things. If you were seriously injured because of the negligence of another driver, you may need to take legal action. Call the experienced legal team at Udall Shumway PLC to discuss your situation today.