Distracted driving: increased chance of car accidents

All Oklahoma readers know that texting and driving is dangerous, but studies and statistics show that distracted driving is one biggest threats to driver safety. A new study has found that distracting driving actually doubles the chances that car accidents will occur. Other activities that compromise safety besides texting include talking on the phone, interacting with a passenger, changing the radio station and even crying.

Studies indicate that younger drivers are more prone than other age groups to drive while distracted. One of the more recent studies pulled information from 1,600 crashes from across the United States; 905 were considered to be severe. Based on the data collected, the researchers were able to determine what factors contributed to these accidents. The results found that 68 percent of those 905 more serious accidents were caused by some form of distraction.

Data and statistics clearly indicate that distraction is one the greatest risks to driver safety in Oklahoma and across the United States. Interestingly, people who were driving with children in the car were less likely to be involved in an accident. It is hoped that by studying the causes and consequences of distracted driving, people will choose to be more safe while behind the wheel and sufficient laws can be passed for the safety of all drivers.

Victims of distracted driving car accidents may assume that they have no legal options because it is difficult to validate these types of personal injury claims. In reality, an experienced lawyer can collect the evidence needed to document an injured victim's rightful claim to compensation, seeking a full and fair recovery. In order to understand what legal options are available, it is best to begin with a case evaluation.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Distracted Drivers Are Even More Dangerous Than You Thought", Carolyn Gregoire, Feb. 24, 2016

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