Across the United States, one of the most destructive driving hazards is also one of the most preventable: Distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 2,841 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2018 alone. The majority of victims were drivers, but the accidents also resulted in the deaths of vehicle passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists.
Here in Arizona, it is illegal to text while driving or to use any electronic device unless it is in hands-free mode. These are important laws that should be enforced vigorously. Unfortunately, however, they don’t do enough to significantly curb distracted driving.
Safety advocates and regulators note that there are three types of distraction dangerous to drivers. They include:
Based on this definition, many behaviors behind the wheel could be considered distracted driving. But the reason that texting is so dangerous is that it involves all three types of distraction. Using devices in hands-free mode is better, but that doesn’t mean it is safe. The cognitive distraction is still present. And if you experience any connection issues between your phone and the hands-free device (either a Bluetooth device or the car itself), you will likely be taking your eyes off the road and hands off the wheel to address it.
Were you struck by a driver you suspect was distracted? If so, you should be aware of your legal options, including seeking compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. One of the benefits of litigation is the investigatory tools available in the discovery process of litigation. Many distracted drivers deny that they were using their phone at the time of the crash. Proving that they were using it can be difficult without access to their cellphone records. These can often be subpoenaed by your attorney. By checking call logs and texts, it is usually possible to show that the phone was in use just prior to the crash.
If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver or any other type of negligent driver, you deserve full and fair compensation for your injuries. Cave Creek attorneys are proud to represent injury victims, and will work tirelessly to ensure that drivers who injure others are not allowed to escape the consequences of their own poor choices. To learn more about how we can help you and to take advantage of a free initial consultation, call an attorney from Saavedra Law Firm, PLC today.
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