Many things can distract a driver for a few seconds. However, those few seconds can be crucial. Negligence while driving increases the risk of various accidents, including a car accident. For example, of the 3,000 fatalities nationwide that occurred as a result of distracted driving in 2011 alone, five of them occurred in Montana because of electronic device use.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Although there are other major reasons for auto accidents occurring, distraction is a major cause for injuries and fatalities. According to the Automobile Association of America, most respondents in their safety index stated that distraction is a serious problem and that it makes them feel less safe on the road. In 2011 alone, there were 400,000 car-crash injuries reported.
Drivers lose focus on the road for several different reasons. According to AAA, physical and mental distractions while driving are extremely hazardous. Currently, texting and driving has become a major concern. Despite the fact that Montana has adopted laws for distracted driving, every third driver uses a cellular phone and other electronic devices while driving.
It is essential to follow certain safety practices. For example, if a driver needs to use the cell phone, he or she should stop the car. Not stopping the car is considered negligent behavior. The consequences of such behavior can affect other people on the road as well as the negligent driver. The consequences can be emotional, physical and financial.
If someone is hurt because of a car accident caused by negligence, he or she can file a personal injury claim to get compensation. In a situation like this, it is advisable for the accident victim to consider their options in order to gain the necessary compensation.
Negligence on the road can come in different forms, but texting while driving is a serious distraction that causes numerous accidents every year. Drivers should avoid this distracting activity.
Source: KTVQ.com, "Safety advocates highlight dangers of distracted driving," Evan Weborg, Apr. 8, 2013