What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is an epidemic. In 2009, 5,474 people were killed and an estimated 448,000 were injured in distracted driving accidents. What is distracted driving? Distracted driving encompasses an array of actions that add up to negligence on behalf of the driver. The most common cause is cell phone use while driving.
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Cell Phone Use While Driving
Statistics by Carnegie Mellon show that cell phone use while driving reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%. Still, a 2010 study showed that 61% of Americans talk on their cell phone while driving—and 27% have sent or read a text message while driving.
Facts About Texting While Driving
What are the facts about texting while driving? A 2009 study by the University of Utah found that texting while driving increased the chance of an accident 8 times. Another study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that texting while driving increased the risk of a crash by more than 23 times.
Distracted Driving is Negligence
Often, distracted driving falls under the category of negligence under personal injury law. If you were injured in a distracted driving accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and losses. The auto accident attorneys at Berenson & Associates, PC in Albuquerque, New Mexico can help you build a case for negligence.
One of the reasons the attorneys at Berenson & Associates have a successful record in personal injury cases is that attorney Rachel Berenson is certified in accident reconstruction. The certification allows her to objectively interpret an accident to determine its cause and accurately estimate your losses in the accident.
Rachel Berenson offers free consultations for personal injury cases to help you decide the most viable course of action in your situation. Contact us to set up an initial consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys.