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Distracted driving behaviors raise the risk of car accidents

On Behalf of | Jan 31, 2019 | Car Accidents, Firm News

Serious injuries and fatalities can result from car accidents in Georgia. Researchers, law enforcement and lawmakers are regularly trying to discern the causes of these crashes and formulate methods to reduce their frequency and keep people safe. Distracted driving is a known risk for people on the road. It was long suspected that greater enforcement and the repeated harping of the dangers were proving effective against distracted driving. Unfortunately, that might not be the case. After a crash, evidence of a distracted driver can be key to a successful legal filing.

A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that people remain committed to flouting the law and using their devices behind the wheel. Distracted driving is believed to have been linked to more than 800 fatalities in motor vehicle accidents in 2017.

Researchers were stationed at 12 locations in Virginia and observed approximately 12,000 drivers. The information they accrued was extrapolated to account for the entire nation. Drivers were found to be using their devices, but not for making phone calls. They had them in their hands to text, surf the web, use navigational apps and more. IIHS says that distractions went beyond using the cellphone and extended to eating, grooming and smoking. The total number of people who were distracted came to 23 percent of all studied.

Car accidents can be difficult to deal with in multiple ways. The medical expenses, property damage, inability to get back to normal in a short time-frame and other problems will harm a person financially and personally. When there is a fatality, the family left behind must consider how they will move forward after the loss of a loved one. When considering a legal filing, the cause will be a key piece of evidence. Given the number of drivers who are still operating their vehicle while distracted, having legal assistance to assess the case is critical. Calling for help with car accidents is a must and should be done immediately.