From the moment one wakes until they go to sleep, it is likely that he or she is on their phone numerous times. While it is common for individuals in Alabama and elsewhere to rely on this technology, there is one place one should not utilize their phone and that is while he or she is driving. Texting while driving is a dangerous form of distracted driving and is the cause of thousands of serious and fatal collisions across the nation.
While this conduct encompasses more than just texting while driving, this act is the most concerning when it comes to distracted driving. When a motorist gets a text message and decides to read it while operating a vehicle, his or her eyes are off of the roadway for an average of five seconds. While this may not seem like a long time, it can cover a lot of roadway. If a driver were traveling 55 mph at the time, this would equate to not looking at the road for the length of a football field.
The most devastating factor of distracted driving is the collisions it could cause. Based on current data, 2019 experience 3,142 deaths due to distracted driving. These numbers were 10% higher than the previous year.
Addressing accidents caused by distracted drivers
Efforts to reduce distracted driving are seen throughout the nation. This is commonly accomplished through traffic laws, enforcement of these laws by local law enforcement and public education and outreach. However, the strength of these efforts coincides with the rate of traffic fatalities by distracted driving. Thus, researchers believe that enhanced distracted driving laws could help to reduce accidents and fatalities caused by distracted driving.
The loss of a loved one in a fatal collision is a difficult event to process. While nothing can be done to bring back the loved one lost, it is possible to get answers to certain questions and address the damages related to the incident. A wrongful death suit could help establish cause and liability of the automobile crash and assist the loved ones of the deceased recover compensation for the losses suffered.