A growing cause of car accidents that Las Vegas car accident lawyers encounter are people caught up in distracted driving. Distracted driving runs the gamut from texting and talking on a cell phone to programming a GPS (global positioning system).
Anything that takes your attention off the road qualifies as distracted driving. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that drivers are 23 times more likely to have an accident when texting while driving. Teens in particular are the age group most at risk for distracted driving. Also, of all age groups, teens are the most skilled at and involved with texting. Some teenagers text hundreds of thousands of times a month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that, from one study, distracted driving fatalities surpassed drunken driving fatalities. And the majority of these accidents involved teenagers. The Distraction.gov website has a Teen Action Toolkit that provides steps for teenagers to take action against distracted driving. The steps include:
- Take the pledge. Print out a pledge form that commits you to being a safe, distraction-free driver and sign it. Keep it as a reminder.
- Be seen. Share a “Faces of Distracted Driving” video on Facebook or Twitter to inform friends.
- Speak up. As a passenger, do not allow others to use cell phones when driving.
- Spread the word. Promote safe driving in your community through events or starting a SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter at your school.
If involved in an accident — whether the other driver was texting, talking on a cell phone or engaged in some other distraction — find out how a Las Vegas personal injury attorney can help protect your rights.
Huggins & Maxwell has handled numerous car accident cases and can help you recover compensation for your injury.