Though technological advances have made it possible to answer the phone and even write a text message hands-free, research shows that these innovations haven’t resulted in improvements to driver safety. Distracted driving is still a leading cause of car accidents, no matter what form the distraction takes.
April is Distracted Driving Month. This year the National Safety Council is raising awareness to dispel the myth that hands-free technology is safer for motorists.
More and more of the clients who speak with our Morgantown car accident attorneys report that the driver responsible for the crash was focused on technology instead of the road. And texting isn’t the only technology-based distraction causing collisions. Others include:
- Making phone calls
- Checking voicemail
- Browsing the Internet
- Reading and responding to emails
- Using social media
- Switching tracks or changing the volume on an MP3 player or other audio device
- Looking at GPS.
Of course, distractions can take other forms, from chatty passengers to unruly pets. The goal of groups like the National Safety Council is to remind drivers that their first priority should be watching the road, not paying more attention to matters inside the car.
Distracted drivers see only about 50% of their surroundings. If you or a family member happened to be in the wrong half and sustained injuries as a result, our personal injury lawyers can pursue the compensation you deserve from the careless driver.
Please contact Jim Leach, L.C., online or call (304) 865-8530 for a no-cost consultation. Our Morgantown car accident attorneys are proud to represent victims of distracted driving and other forms of negligence.