Tennessee lawmakers recognize that cell phone use in general, and texting in particular, can lead to distracted driving. Under the law, all drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. Learners, motorists with an intermediate license and school bus drivers are not permitted to use cell phones. Unfortunately, motorists do not always follow the law. Our Nashville accident lawyers therefore weigh in on the danger of distracted driving and the statistics that support the warnings.
Distracted Driving Statistics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that nine people die each day because of an auto accident involving distracted driving. Another 1,153 people suffer injuries during crashes involving distracted motorists. What constitutes this behavior?
- Cell phone usage. Talking while driving can be a distraction because it causes some motorists to focus their minds on a conversation rather than on driving conditions and the rules of the road.
- Texting. In addition to being a cognitive disruption, drivers take their eyes off the road. No matter how brief the time that a motorist devotes to reading and responding to a message, it is enough to hit another car or strike a pedestrian.
- Technology use. Although not legally regulated, the use of in-car technology can most certainly result in an attention deficit. Whether it is the car stereo, the GPS, the climate control or the attempt to figure out a phone synch option on newer models, anything that takes eyes off the road and hands off the steering wheel is dangerous.
Secondary Risk Factors
If you have been injured in an accident that involved a distracted driver, the case should be clear. Yet this is not necessarily the case. For instance, young drivers who text and drive are more prone to be permissive about drinking and driving in others. Other secondary risk factors may also apply. Contact us to learn more about the intricacies of accidents involving distracted driving and the implications that they may have on your particular case.