Distracted driving leaves a mark on national crash statistics

For daily Pennsylvania commuters, chances are that drivers have seen some interesting behaviors behind the wheel. In the name of multitasking, such activities may have included eating, texting, talking on cellphones, applying makeup, or other potentially distracting actions.

When questioned, drivers may agree that it’s generally not a good idea to take one’s eyes off the road for repeated or extended periods of time. From a personal injury attorney’s perspective, a driver’s license could be interpreted as an obligation upon each license holder to apply a reasonable standard of care when driving.

Yet recent data suggests that many individuals are not giving their full concentration to safe driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control, distracted driving is a daily epidemic, injuring 1,060 drivers and killing 9 more nationwide.

As an attorney knows, a victim of another driver’s negligence may be entitled to seek compensation for any losses and damages. Yet quantifying those damages and understanding the full rights to which a victim may be entitled can be confusing. In addition, simply relying on one’s insurance company for a recovery may be a mistake. Potential areas of recovery may include compensation for medical bills, individual hardships caused by injuries or the accident, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses.

Equally confusing may be the matter of compiling evidence that a jury will find persuasive and convincing. If police responded to the car accident crash scene, a police report may provide clues to causation. In other cases, an accident reconstruction expert may be required. In the specific case of distracted driving arising from cellphone use, an attorney may have strategies for accessing cellphone records to prove that an individual was on the phone at the time of the crash.

Source: Washington Post, “Distracted driving: 9 die, 1,060 hurt each day, CDC says,” Ashley Halsey III, Feb. 24, 2014

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