Distracted Driving Accidents
When you get behind the wheel of your car, you have a certain amount of expectation for your commute. You probably won’t be surprised if you get stuck at a red light for what feels like an hour (even though it was probably only a minute at most), somebody is probably driving five miles below the speed limit in the fast lane, and you spy highway patrol doing their rounds on an overpass.
What you don’t expect, however, is to have your life turned upside down due to the carelessness and recklessness of a distracted driver.
Distracted driving is rapidly turning into one of the leading causes of automobile accidents today, and a whopping 26 percent of all car crashes can be pinpointed to the driver using their cellphone while driving. At any given time today, some 660,000 people will be distracted by an income call or text, which will lead to 1.6 million car crashes this year. In fact, the problem is so bad that Ohio lawmakers just passed a new law that banned the use of cellphones by drivers.
This year, nearly 3,500 lives will be claimed due to distracted driving. Nearly 400,000 people will be injured due to a distracted driver, too. These numbers are unacceptable and entirely preventable. An automobile accident can completely destroy lives – both the immediate victim and their families can have their entire lives torn apart by a car crash, and knowing that it was caused by a distracted driver makes it all the more painful to face.
Some of the leading causes of distracted driving can include:
- Cellphone use: This can include answering a phone call or checking your texts.
- Eating: Your meal can wait until you get home or safely pulled over.
- Fussing with the radio: Try to choose your station before you start driving.
- Daydreaming: Nearly 2/3rds of all distracted driving crashes were caused by this.
Many people simply do not realize how fast they are going while they are on the road. If, for instance, a driver is cruising along at 55 miles per hour, they can quickly span the length of a football field in just a couple seconds. Checking a text, on average, takes around 4 to 5 seconds. To put it bluntly, a lot can happen in those few seconds, and lives can be forever changed. A distracted driver can collide head-on with a car in front of them, an animal that has darted into the road, or a pedestrian who may have the right of way.
The good news is, most people agree that distracted driving is a problem and that cell phone use should be banned when someone is driving. However, just because most of us agree with this, implementing it has been a challenge. Nearly half of all drivers will take a call while driving, and 1 in 10 will respond to a text. Is that call or text really worth ruining someone’s life?
Life after an unexpected car accident can be very scary and uncertain. There will be an endless stream of medical visits and rehabilitation to try to help you regain your health and mobility. If the victim was the primary breadwinner for the home, they may find themselves unable to work and provide for their families. When bills are piling up, this can be absolutely stressful and terrifying.
If you have been injured in a car crash due to a distracted driver, please give me a call today at 1 (800) 556-4769 for your free initial consultation. It’s urgent that you reach out to me right away, as your time to file a claim can run out in just two years.
As your car accident lawyer, I’m ready to help you get the maximum amount of financial restitution for your injuries. I’ve served the greater Cleveland area for nearly 40 years, and I’m ready to represent you. I take on Big Cases with Big Results, and I won’t shy away from aggressively pursuing your claim.
I want you to feel comfortable reaching out to me no matter if it’s noon or midnight, so when I take your case, I’ll give you my personal cellphone number. Please feel free to give a call or text; I’ll always answer. Furthermore, I understand completely that you’re focused on healing and recovering after your accident. I don’t want you to feel like you have to drive halfway across the state to talk to me, which is why I’ll come to you. I’ve met clients in hospitals, cafes, and even in their own homes, and I’ll meet you wherever is easiest for you.
Whether you sustained your injury on I-90 or State Route 3, I can help you get the compensation you need to help you get back on your feet after you were injured – and I’ll Make Them Pay!®