Distracted Driving Accident Attorney
Did you know that a car can travel the length of a football field in five seconds? When you glance down at your phone to check a message, you can travel up to the length of a football field! Five seconds might not seem very long, but in a car, it can mean injuries, damages, or even death.
Too few people realize the risks associated with distracted driving. However, the numbers are alarming:
- In 2014, 431,000 people were killed in distracted driving accidents
- In 2014, 3,179 people were injured in distracted driving accidents
Additionally, 10% of distracted driving accidents involve people between the ages of fifteen and nineteen. While young drivers have numerous apps, like Instagram and Snapchat, to distract them from the road, the high risk is also due to their lack of driving experience.
Regardless of age, if a driver is distracted, they may rear-end another vehicle, drift off the road or into another lane, or be unable to come to a safe stop if an obstacle arises in front of them. There are many dangers that arise from distracted driving.
Many people associate distracted driving with texting. Texting is certainly a main issue, but plenty of other activities create distractions:
- Talking on the phone
- Looking at a map
- Changing a CD or radio station
- Putting on makeup
- Talking with another passenger
- Having too many passengers in the car
- Loud music
Like with all types of car accidents, distracted driving accidents may cause:
- Brain and head injuries
- Neck injuries, like whiplash
- Back injuries
- Facial injuries from broken glass, debris, or collision with the airbags or interior of the car
- Psychological injuries from the trauma of the accident, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Injured By A Distracted Driver?
In more serious accidents, a distracted driver could cause death to a loved one. If you have been harmed as a result of someone else’s reckless decision to drive while distracted, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, vehicular damages, or the loss of a loved one.
Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes (formerly Perenich & Carroll) was founded in 1955. We are exclusively invested in helping personal injury victims— and their loved ones — win compensation and find justice. We approach every case with passion, experience, and dedication, and strive to provide the answers you need, when you need them.
If you are seeking help after a car accident, please contact us. We’ll see you through.