Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm understands the horrific dangers distracted driving poses to people on the road.
While drunk driving and texting are two very common causes of catastrophic car accidents, there are many other common behaviors that can be classified as distracted or reckless driving. Exceeding the speed limit, failing to obey traffic signals and signs, and driving while fatigued, are just a few. The dangers of driving too fast for weather or road conditions also are often overlooked.
There’s More To Distracted Driving Than Texting
Some of the best data regarding distracted driving comes from a 2013 report by Erie Insurance, which analyzed crash reports in the federal Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).
Most of the data points below will have changed over the last few years, but the information still shows there is more to driving distracted than texting or otherwise using one’s mobile phone.
- Approximately 1% of the accidents involved smoking.
- Approximately 1% of drivers who caused fatal wrecks were distracted by pets or stray insects moving inside the cab.
- Another 4% who caused fatal wrecks were busy using in-car features, such as navigation / infotainment systems, complicated climate control systems, or adjustable seating.
- Surprisingly, only 2% who caused fatal crashes were eating while driving.
- Another 2% caused fatal wrecks while reaching for objects inside the vehicle.
- Fully 5% were overly-engaged with their passengers. Either talking with them or looking at passengers, instead of the road.
- Another 7% of drivers causing fatal accidents were distracted by events and scenery outside the car, which caused a deadly lapse of attentiveness.
- A surprisingly small 12% were using their cellphones. This includes texting, dialing, talking on phones, checking map locations, and using social media apps while driving.
- At a whopping 62%, the top cause of distraction in fatal wreck cases was simple daydreaming, or general distraction.
Whether a driver is blatantly disregarding the law or driving while distracted, the results far too often are the same — injury or even death of innocent people. Victims need to know that if a reckless, aggressive, or negligent driver has harmed them, they have a legal right to claim damages and compensation.
Next steps if you are the victim of a distracted driver accident…
Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm knows exactly how to handle these accident claims. We know the law, what you legally deserve, and how to deal with other consequences of auto accidents caused by the negligent or reckless behavior of another. We also know what insurance companies are required to provide to you and will help you complete and file all appropriate paperwork, avoid costly mistakes and explain to you any confusing terms used by the insurance company. Our work will continue throughout a trial or until a settlement is received.
At Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm, you, as our client, will always come first.
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If you or someone you care about has been in an auto accident caused by the negligent or reckless behavior of another, please contact our offices at (214) 526-7900 or fill out our Case Review Contact Form on this page, so we can help you.