One of the most common causes of car accidents in the United States is distracted driving. Once you take your eyes off the road, even if it is only for a few seconds, it can significantly decrease the amount of reaction time necessary to avoid a crash properly. If you have been injured after being involved in a car accident with a distracted driver, you may be eligible to recover monetary compensation with the legal assistance of a skilled and reliable attorney.
At Gump & Faiella, our legal team is committed to helping injured parties obtain the most favorable outcome possible. With more than 90 years of combined experienced and a proven track record of success in all types of personal injury claims, our Columbia car accident lawyers have a thorough understanding of Missouri driving laws and court proceedings to adequately guide you through the complex legal process.
What is Considered a Distraction?
Distracted driving is when a driver takes their eyes, hands, or their mind off the road while operating a motor vehicle. According to U.S. Department of Transportation, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicles collisions involving distracted drivers in 2014.
The most common cause of distracted driving is cell phone usage. At any given moment in the U.S., approximately 660,000 drivers are using cellphones or electronic devices while driving. When an individual is texting, they take their eyes off the road for an average of five seconds, which is a distance of a football field if the person is driving at 55 mph.
Other common distractions include the following:
- Talking on the cellphone
- Talking to a passenger
- Eating or drinking
- Changing the radio station
- Spacing out
- Looking at the GPS
- Watching a video