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Distracted Driving and Negligence On The Road

Posted on January 30, 2015

On behalf of Charles Bryan Alred, PC posted in Car Accidents on Friday, January 30, 2015.

Distracted driving is a major cause of car accidents in Oklahoma and throughout the U.S. Driver distractions can be roughly categorized as manual, visual or cognitive in nature. For example, turning to look at a group of people waving signs is a visual distraction. Talking on a hands-free cell phone is a cognitive distraction. Talking on a cell phone is both manually and cognitively distracting. Text messaging is often categorized as one of the worst forms of distractions because it is distracting manually, visually and cognitively.

According to recent reports, the number of crashes involving distracted drivers seems to be increasing. There was an estimated 9 percent increase in the number of people injured in car accidents involving a distracted driver from 2011 to 2012. Younger drivers reportedly pose more of a risk of causing an accident while distracted, perhaps due to their inexperience with driving. Reports indicate that drivers under 20 have the highest rate of fatal crash involvement due to distractions.

Despite the known dangers of distracted driving, cell phone use while driving is very common. Many individuals turn to hands-free cell phones, believing them to be safe for use during driving. However, studies have shown that hands-free cell phone use also increases the risk of accidents.

Individuals injured in accidents caused by distracted drivers need to show that the driver was negligent in order to receive compensation for injuries and property damage incurred as a result of a car crash. An attorney may be able to assist victims of roadway accidents in filing a lawsuit against the responsible party by sifting through evidence, such as police reports and eyewitness accounts, in order to prove that the at-fault driver was negligent.

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