Many activities, such as talking on the phone, fidgeting with the GPS, and changing the music in your car are very distracting while driving. They may seem like simple tasks you could perform without issue any other time – but while driving they can be extremely dangerous. 80% of all collisions and 65% of near crashes have some form of driver inattention as a contributing factor. Over 4,000,000 crashes per year in North America are caused by driver distraction.
- Adjusting the radio or music device
- Changing the air conditioner or heater
- Checking the GPS device or referring to a map for directions
- Eating and drinking on the go
- Mobile phone use
- Other occupants in the car
- Putting on lipstick or freshening up makeup
- Reaching for objects in car
Texting and Driving
Cell phone use causes one accident every 24 seconds. Thousands die unnecessarily each year because people continue to use their cell phones while driving, whether handheld or hands-free. According to distraction.gov, when you read or send a text message, your eyes leave the road for about 4.6 seconds. While that may not sound like a long time, texting while driving at 55 miles per hour is equivalent to driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.
Talking on a cell phone makes a driver four times more likely to have a crash or near crash event. Texting makes them 23 times more likely to have this happen. Texting while driving slows driver reaction time even more than alcohol.
If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a car accident in which you suspect cell phone use or distracted driving was involved, you need an experienced auto accident attorney who knows how to properly investigate your claims. Lawyer Hunter Craft successfully obtained one of the first distracted driving trial verdicts in a landmark case involving cell phone use. Craft Law Firm has the skills and resources to hold distracted drivers accountable for the destruction they cause.