The Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys of MartinWren, P.C. have experience pursuing claims on behalf of individuals who have been injured by a distracted driver. Generally speaking, distracted driving occurs when a driver’s attention is diverted by some secondary activity – sending text messages, reading emails, eating food, talking by telephone – while the driver is supposed to be driving a moving car.
The number of accidents caused by Virginia Distracted Drivers has increased significantly with the increased use of cell phones. Not only are drivers distracted by making and receiving phone calls while driving, many drivers transmit text messages and emails while driving. There have also been horrific stories of injuries and deaths caused by drivers using Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts.
This explosion in the amount of text messaging, emailing, and social media use while driving is particularly dangerous because it involves three different kinds of distractions:
- visual distraction, as the driver takes his or her eyes off the road to look at a cell phone;
- manual distraction, where, in addition to taking his or her eyes off the road, the driver is using at least one of his or her hands to type or scroll through pages; and
- mental distraction, where, instead of concentrating on driving and responding to hazards and dangers, the driver’s attention is focused on some other thing or event.
According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, a driver who texts takes their eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds to write or read a text message. If that driver is traveling at 55 miles per hour, that driver will have traveled the entire length of a football field without even looking. This helps explain why texting and driving is so dangerous.
Statistics regarding distracted driving are nothing short of alarming:
- A study from the University of Utah has shown that the impairments caused by cell phone use while driving “can be as profound as those associated with driving while drunk”;
- Distracted driving is the number one cause of death of teenagers;
- For 2011, the Department of Transportation reported that ten percent of fatal crashes and seventeen percent of injury crashes involved distracted driving;
- Of cell phone use, the use with the highest level of distraction was text messaging; dialing a ten-digit number was the second most distracting; and tuning a radio was the lowest form of distraction;
- Drivers between the ages of 15 and 19 comprise the age group with the largest proportion of distracted drivers.
Distracted driving is often the cause of accidents involving commercial vehicles or tractor trailers. In addition, distracting driving may be the cause of rear-end collisions, which can lead to significant injuries. Because distracted driving cases may involve complicated factual issues and legal questions, it is important to have a lawyer knowledgeable about distracted driving accident cases when investigating the accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, please call MartinWren, P.C.’s Virginia Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers, either Kirk D. Becchi or Jonathan T. Wren, toll free, at 855-812-9220, or at (434) 817-3100 to schedule a free consultation. We can meet with you at your convenience, at your home, our office, or the hospital, including on evenings and weekends.
You will not owe any legal fees unless we recover money for you.