How distracted driving affects residents of New Jersey
A driver who takes any action that may take his or her focus off of the task of driving is engaged in distracted driving. Each day, 1,153 people are injured in crashes involving distracted drivers in the United States alone. Furthermore, nine people are killed each day in accidents involving distracted drivers in the United States.
When a driver takes his or her eyes off the road, he or she is engaged in visual distracted driving. An example of visual distracted driving could be looking at or sending a text message from a cell phone. Manual distracted driving occurs when a driver takes his or her hands off the wheel. This may take place when a driver uses a navigation system within the car. Cognitive distracted driving occurs when a driver thinks about something other than what is on the road.
Those who study distracted driving say that texting while driving can be the most hazardous activity conducted while driving. This is because it may cause drivers to suffer from a combination of three types of distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were over 171 billion text messages sent and received in the United States.
Anyone who is injured in a car accident may wish to talk to a personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to help a driver, pedestrian or passenger get the compensation that he or she deserves. Compensation may be available to help pay for medical bills incurred by the victim or medical bills that may be incurred in the future to help recover from head, neck or spinal injuries. In addition, compensation may be available to family members of those who are killed in car accidents.