In 2009, 5,474 people were killed on U.S. roadways and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving (FARS and GES).
Of those people killed in distracted-driving-related crashes, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes).
Of those injured in distracted-driving-related crashes, 24,000 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (5% of injured people in distraction-related crashes).
Sixteen percent (16%) of fatal crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving.
Twenty percent (20%) of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving.
If you or a member of your family has been injured by a distracted driver, you have a right to be upset. No person has a right to put the safety of others at risk by distracted driving or injuring another person by causing an accident while distracted using a cell phone. Accident attorney Thomas P. Finley is committed to holding distracted drivers responsible for their negligence. To discuss your injury claim with me concerning a distracted driving accident CONTACT my law officein Dallas.
According to DISTRACTION.GOV, the Official US Government Website for Distracted Driving, there are three main types of distracted driving. 1) Manual: taking your hands off of the wheel; 2) Visual: taking your eyes off the road; 3) Cognitive: taking your mind off driving.
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving including but not limited to: texting, using a cell phone or smartphone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, using navigation system, watching a video, adjusting the music player.
Also according to DISTRACTION.GOV cell phone use was reported in 18% of distraction-related fatalities in America. Texting takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 MPH that’s like driving an entire football field blindfolded.
Adults and Cell Phone Distractions– The June 18, 2010 research paper by The Pew Internet & American Life Project reported that 47% of all texting adults say they have sent or read a text message while driving. It was also reported that 75% of cell-owning adults say they have talked on a cell phone while driving.
Compensation for Accident Victims
If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you may have a large amount of medical bills. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury, you may be experiencing difficulty or finding it impossible to get a job and maintain gainful employment. If you have lost a member of your family due to a distracted driving accident, you may be experiencing an uncomfortable and significant amount of financial distress in addition to the emotional distress caused by the loss of a loved one.
Distracted Driver Accident Lawyer Thomas P. Finley is available to assist you in handling your case and assist you in seeking the full compensation you are entitled to receive. Contact me for a free consultation.
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