The Shocking Truth Behind Distracted Driving

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Every day, millions of Americans are guilty of doing something while driving that can cause an accident. These things are considered driving while distracted. Distracted driving includes drinking and driving, texting and driving, and taking your eyes off the road. People have been seriously injured, and even killed, due to distracted drivers. In fact, 40% of automotive deaths in the U.S. were a result of distracted driving in 2014.
According to SADD, Students Against Destructive Driving, many of these crashes are not just caused by the three issues mentioned. SADD says that the leading cause of crashes related to distracted driving is simply because of passenger interaction. They say that those talking to someone in the passenger seat while they are driving may be more focused on the conversation than on the road.
Not only are drinking and driving and texting while driving big issues, speeding also tops the list. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 23% of tractor trailer crashes are due to the driver going too fast. A tractor trailer crash can be more dangerous than a standard MVA due to the height, weight, and length of the vehicle. A tractor trailer crash not only impacts the drivers and those involved but also impacts the company of which the trailer had been driving for.
If you find yourself in a distracted driving-related car crash, here’s what you should do.

Call 911

If you are involved in a distracted driving crash, you need to call 911, regardless of how minimal the damage is. While you’re awaiting police arrival, you should check for any potential injuries. If anyone has been hurt, let the 911 dispatcher know so they can send medical personnel to the scene.

Get Information from the Scene

After checking to make sure that everyone is okay, you should exchange information with everyone involved. Whether that be another driver, a pedestrian, or business owner if a vehicle crashed into a building. Take pictures of the scene for your records and for insurance purposes.

Reach Out to a Lawyer

If you are in a situation where you think your insurance may not be able to help out much at all, it may be a good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will be able to help you in terms of compensation that you may be eligible for. Auto insurance may not be able to help you the way that a personal injury lawyer can.

Before You Get Behind The Wheel…

Annually, about 1.5 million people are arrested for drinking and driving. At any moment of every day, more than 660,000 Americans are utilizing their phone or any other electronic device behind the wheel. Before you get behind the wheel, make sure you’re not distracted or under the influence. You could save a life.