Distracted Driving: A Deadly Habit
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a staggering nine people are killed and 1,153 people are injured every day in the U.S. because of distracted driving. If you are injured because of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation.
The Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Kaplan & Lukowski effectively combine medical and legal expertise to ensure that you are compensated fairly for any lost income, medical bills, or pain and suffering you have incurred due to a distracted driving accident.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving includes anything that takes a driver’s hands away from the wheel, eyes off the road, or mind away from the main task of driving safely. Even using in-vehicle systems, such as adjusting the radio and operating the navigation systems, are considered forms of distraction.
Distracted driving becomes exceedingly dangerous when the road is wet, icy, or when other adverse conditions exist. Simply put, a distracted driver is a dangerous driver. Distracted driving can be classified as one of the following:
- Cognitive distractions include anything that causes the driver to take their mind off the road.
- Manual distractions are anything that causes the driver to take their hands off the wheel.
- Visual distractions are anything that take the driver’s eyes off the road.
Top Fatal Driving Distractions
With the amount of technology available to the average driver today, there are more distractions than ever before. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 65,000 people were killed in vehicle crashes in the last two years. Out of this 65,000, one out of every 10 accidents involved one of the following driver distractions:
- 62% of fatal car crashes were reportedly caused by general distractions or the driver being “lost in thought.”
- 12% of fatal car crashes involved mobile phone use, including dialing, texting, listening, or talking.
- 7% of fatal car crashes involved events or people outside of the vehicle, including rubbernecking.
- 5% of fatal crashes involved either looking at or talking to other people in the vehicle.
- 2% of fatal accidents are caused by reaching for or using a device in the vehicle, such as headphones or navigational devices.
- 2% of fatal accidents were caused by being distracted by drinking or eating.
- 2% of fatal accidents were caused because the driver was either adjusting climate or audio controls.
- 1% of fatal accidents were caused by operating seats, rear view mirrors, other other original equipment systems.
- 1% of fatal accidents were caused by moving objects in the vehicle, such as insects or pets.
- 1% of fatal accidents were caused by smoking related distractions.
Distracted Driving Causes Injuries and Fatalities
Distracted driving crashes may result in serious injuries or death. These injuries may range from simple neck pain to heart attacks and even paralysis, but the most common type of injury is whiplash. Whiplash is a condition caused when your head and neck are quickly snapped forward and backward from the force of a collision.
Although many people think whiplash is not a real condition because it doesn’t show up on x-rays, this injury is extremely painful and can be debilitating. If you or a loved one have been injured in a distracted driving accident, choose an Atlanta personal injury lawyer with the legal and medical expertise to protect your interests.
What Makes Kaplan & Lukowski Different?
Kaplan & Lukowski offers legal expertise based on a strong medical background. Ronald Kaplan, one of the founding partners, is a physician who worked as a surgeon for over 20 years. By combining Dr. Kaplan’s medical experience with legal expertise, the attorneys at Kaplan & Lukowski obtain the best possible case results for each of their clients.
Contact an Atlanta Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured because of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP today for a free personal injury consultation with one of our experienced attorneys by filling out the online contact form or calling (404) 845-0012.