Distracted Driving Motor Vehicle Accidents
Cell Phone Use Decreases Driver Focus by 37%
Recently, police have begun to crack down on distracted driving, targeting those using cell phones, GPS systems, and other hand held electronic devices while operating their motor vehicle. The reason for the crack down is because statistics show that distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents.
In 2008, there were over half a million injuries nationwide due to motor vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver. That’s more than 1,300 distracted driving motor vehicle accidents every day! Even scarier, is that fact that the directed driving accidents resulted in almost 6,000 fatalities (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
Why is distracted driving so likely to cause motor vehicle accidents? According to a study from Carnegie-Mellon University, using a cell phone while driving reduces brain activity associated with driving by 37%. The result is that drivers using hand held devices are distracted to the point of being four times more likely to get into a motor vehicle accident that is serious enough to cause injury (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).
Distracted driving is one of the most negligent and reckless actions a driver can be involved in. Distracted driving is not only dangerous to the driver, but to every driver and pedestrian in their vicinity. If you, or a loved one, have been injured by a distracted driver you need to seek medical attention, and then you need to find a dedicated and knowledgeable personal injury attorney.
At The Law Office of Eugene Glouzgal, we can relieve the stress of dealing with the insurance company of the drunk driver so you can focus on your health. We can locate witnesses, request phone call and text message records, and check social media for an electronic fingerprint of the distracted drivers activity. You can trust in us to make sure you are fully compensated for your losses, financial and physical. Contact us today by phone at 203-794-6691 or by using the form on our Contact page.