Distracted driving is responsible for an unacceptable number of collisions in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 424,000 people were injured and another 3,154 died in distracted driving accidents in 2013. That marked a 10 percent increase since 2011.
It's easy to associate distracted driving with cell phone use, but modern motorists face countless distractions when they get behind the wheel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention groups these distractions into three categories:
1. Visual Distractions: These take the driver's eyes off the road;
2. Manual Distractions: These take at least one of the driver's hands off the steering wheel; and
3. Cognitive Distractions: These take the motorist's focus off the task of driving.
If you were injured by a distracted driver, then you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and non-economic damages. If the incident happened in Georgia, turn to The Finnell Firm.
Robert Finnell is an accident attorney in Rome who has been practicing law for more than 37 years, much of which has been focused in the area of personal-injury law. He will help you avoid mistakes such as overlooking certain damages, accepting a low settlement or making a recorded statement to insurance adjusters.
Call 866-464-4017 today to schedule a free consultation. You can also read more about car accident injury lawsuits in Georgia by visiting USAttorneys.com.
9 Common Driving Distractions - and How to Avoid Them
Although some accidents are out of your control - after all, you cannot control the actions of other drivers - there are steps you can take to minimize your risk of crashing. Perhaps the most important is to eliminate distractions from your vehicle.
Driver distractions take many forms, but one of the most common causes of these accidents is using a cell phone. This is why it is illegal for motorists in Georgia to use their smartphones while behind the wheel, according to the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety.
If you want to reduce your risk of crashing and sustaining injuries, be sure to avoid these nine common distractions:
1. Sending or reading text messages;
2. Drinking or eating behind the wheel;
3. Browsing the Internet;
4. Grooming or putting on makeup;
5. Talking with passengers;
6. Adjusting your GPS;
7. Reading maps;
8. Adjusting an in-car entertainment system; and
9. Watching videos.
Even if you are proactive about avoiding these distractions, you never know when another driver is not paying attention. If you were injured by a distracted motorist in Georgia, contact The Finnell Firm.
Robert Finnell is a personal-injury lawyer in Rome who will evaluate your collision to determine if you have grounds for a claim. Mr. Finnell has successfully represented injured clients in cases involving motor-vehicle collisions, medical product liability, brain trauma and other types of injuries. Call 866-464-4017 today to schedule a free initial consultation.