While it is true that accidents do happen, it is not true that accidents are inescapable. Across the United States, thousands of car accidents happen each and every day. It can be easy to brush off these crashes and claim the causes are simple driving mistakes, however, the reality is that many car crashes are caused by distracted driving.
Cell Phone Use Behind the Wheel
The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that the number one cause of distracted driving accidents can be linked to the use of a cell phone while behind the wheel. In fact, the NSC has found that distracted driving due to cell phone use causes as many as 1.6 million car accidents annually. According to NSC studies:
One out of every four accidents in the U.S. is caused by texting and driving;
Nearly 400,000 accident-related injuries are due to texting and driving; and
You are six times more likely to cause an accident if you are texting while driving than if you are driving under the influence.
Not surprisingly in today’s always-connected word, cell phone use behind the wheel has become a major distracted driving issue on America’s roads.
Eating/Grooming While Driving
Many of us are in a rush. All the time, we are running from one place to another and often times cannot take a moment to feed or groom ourselves. Unfortunately, many Americans decide to do these things while driving their vehicles on the roads. Studies show that the application of makeup while behind the wheel causes as many as 450,000 car accidents each year. Eating, another cause of distracted driving, is also a dangerous habit behind the wheel. This is especially true when the food is wrapped in tight packaging. Statistics have shown that drivers who are consuming food or drink are more than 3.5 times more likely to be in a car accident than a driver who is not. Indeed, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports eating while driving increases your risk of getting into an accident by 80%.
Distracted Driving is Avoidable
Distracted driving is a serious issue that should raise alarm for anyone driving on the roads in Nevada and the rest of the United States. Other common causes of distracted driving include other occupants in the vehicle, adjusting climate or audio controls, moving objects (such as insects), objects or events outside of the vehicle, being lost in thought, among others. Anyone who is driving on America’s roads needs to make sure that he or she is fully focused on driving and not being distracted by electronics, food, or anything else.
Personal Injury Help in Nevada
If you or someone has been hurt in a Nevada car accident, whether it was due to a distracted driver or another cause, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Parry & Pfau today. Our attorneys can help explain your rights and obligations under Nevada law, and fight for the monetary compensation you deserve. Do not wait; call us today.
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