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Distracted Driving is Causing More Serious Accidents Then Ever Before.
As cellular technology continues to develop, inattentive driving has increased. Cell phones offer more Apps and features than ever before and that trend does not seem to be slowing down. The invention of Bluetooth and other “hands-free” technology has enabled drivers to now text and email while driving. As a result, Distracted Driving has become more prevalent than ever before.
According to the website, Distraction.gov, statistics show that in 2014, 10% of all traffic collisions in the U.S were attributed to distracted drivers. According to Distraction.gov and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, young drivers face the highest risk of being injured or killed due to driver distraction behind the wheel. Among drivers that were fatally injured in distraction-related car accidents in 2014, 20% were in their 20s, and 10% were young drivers between the ages of 15-19. These age groups have the largest proportion of drivers who are not paying attention to the road when they are behind the wheel. And everyone one the road is a victim.
In today’s fast moving society, plenty of adults attempt to multi-task while operating a vehicle, which contributes to the heightened statistics for Distracted Driving. The car is not an office, and attention should be focused on maintaining safe control of one’s own vehicle at all times. We all need to take personal responsibility and say “No more.” We need to educate our teenage kids and discuss this issue. The experienced distracted driving accident injury lawyers at Graves McLain are all too familiar with distracted driving claims. We handle more and more of these cases every day.
Distracted Driving includes more variations than just cell phone or dashboard distractions:
- The radio is still one of the larger distractions, as drivers and passengers adjust the music or volume
- Small children and pets can cause a distraction in a vehicle
- Dropped items that fall underneath the seat
- Poorly packed or arranged items, loose in the back seat or trunk, or blocking a driver’s ability to see around the vehicle
- Eating food
- Drugs and alcohol influence the ability to stay focused while driving
- Conversations with other passengers
- Grooming oneself, like applying lipstick at the wheel
Oklahoma laws are clear on Distracted Driving. Distracted Driving is now a Primary Offense in Oklahoma, meaning Oklahoma Police will have the ability to pull over drivers they observe texting or making calls behind the wheel. The above activities can easily distract the driver’s attention from properly operating a motor vehicle. The law states: “The operator of every vehicle, while driving, shall devote their full time and attention to such driving.” If an officer witnesses a driver being distracted and driving unsafely, then a citation can be issued.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured or died in an accident that you think was caused by a distracted driver then contact the trusted car accident injury atorneys at Graves McLain Injury Law Firm to protect your rights. We’ll fight to get you the compensation you deserve to help pay for all of the damages caused by a distracted driver.
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Medical Equipment & Prescription Drugs during Recovery
- Rehabilitation Services
- Money for Pain & Suffering
- Any Other Damages Sustained by Your Accident
We’ll speak with you for free and fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. Graves McLain are experienced in handling claims involving Distracted Drivers. We have helped many Oklahomans and we may be able to help you too. All cases are handled on a no win, no fee basis. We only get paid after you get paid. If there is no recovery, then there is no legal fee.
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