Cellphones, text messages and social media provide for amazingly fast and effective communication almost anywhere and at any time. Unfortunately, some people use these tools while driving a car and lose their focus on driving. Each day, about 15 people are killed and more than 1,200 are injured in crashes that involve a distracted driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The attorneys at Finger, Melnick & Brooks, P.A., on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, advocate for people who have been injured in automobile accidents caused by someone else's negligence. If you have been seriously injured in a car wreck as a result of a distracted driver, whether it was the driver of another car or the driver of the car you were riding in, you deserve to be compensated.
By aggressively pursuing compensation in these cases on behalf of our clients, we hope to increase awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions.
There are three main types of distraction that occur while driving:
- Visual — taking your eyes off the road
- Manual — taking your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive — taking your mind off what you are doing
Distracted Driving Statistics Are Grim And Getting More So
How bad is the problem? The proportion of drivers reportedly distracted at the time of a fatal crash increased from 7 percent in 2005 to 11 percent in 2009, according to the NHTSA. A separate survey found that one-fourth of drivers who responded said they "regularly or fairly often" talk on their cellphones while driving.
However, cellphone use isn't the only way drivers become distracted. Other common distractions while driving include:
- Turning on the radio
- Talking to a passenger
- Eating or drinking
- Reaching for a moving object inside the vehicle
- Looking at an object or event outside of the vehicle
- Applying makeup
Schedule An Appointment With A Hilton Head Distracted Driving Lawyer As Soon As Possible
If you have been injured in a car accident that may have been caused by a distracted driver, you should speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. Call 843-681-7000 or email us to schedule a free initial consultation.
All of our personal injury cases are taken on a contingency basis, which means you do not pay for our services unless we obtain a favorable settlement or resolution for you.