Distracted driving, or driver inattention, is a serious problem on the roadways and can result in serious car accidents. Distracted driving can take different forms all of which can be equally dangerous for drivers to engage in and for those they share the roadways with them. Victims of distracted drivers should understand what is considered distracted driving and the legal protections available to victims of distracted driving accidents.
The dangers of distracted driving
Driver inattention is described by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as different behaviors such as when drivers engage in secondary tasks while driving; driver drowsiness; driver inattention to the roadway out in front of them; and when the driver glances away from the roadway while driving. Nearly 80% of car accidents and 65% of near car accidents, according to a study conducted by the NHTSA, involve the driver looking away from the roadway just prior to the car accident.
Distracted driving statistics
The statistics show that looking away from the roadway for greater than two or more doubles the risk of a car accident or near car accident. In addition, drivers who are driving while drowsy increase the risk of a car accident by 4 times. The driver engaging in secondary tasks while driving also increases the risk factor of a car accident or near accident.
Distracted driving behaviors
Distracted driving behaviors such as using a cell phone while driving; operating a radio or CD player while driving; operating a navigation device while driving; reading while driving; and applying makeup or grooming while driving have also been shown to increase the risk factor of a car accident or near car accident by two to three times. Cell phone use and texting is the most common type of distracted driving and also the most dangerous.
Protections for victims
Victims of distracted driving-related car accidents may be able to recover compensation for their injuries and harm suffered. A personal injury claim for damages can help victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages suffered in a car accident and is an essential resource for victims to be familiar with.