Some car accidents may be blamed on acts of nature, such as a violent weather or an unexpected medical condition (these acts of nature are said to occur naturally devoid of human activity); however, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), research shows that more than 90% of all motor vehicle accidents are due to human error – a consequence of negligence or recklessness.
Negligence, which can easily be dispelled, but which continue to lead to inattentiveness and/or recklessness, remain to be the number one reason why millions of drivers, motorcycle and bicycle riders, and pedestrians are still severely injured or killed on US roads. For at least a decade now, motor vehicle accidents have ramained at more than five million annually; more than two million of these accidents cause injuries, while more than 32,000 cause death.
Driving errors, which are actually manifestations of irresponsible acts and bad road behavior, include speeding, drunk-driving, driver error, reckless driving and distracted driving. Distracted driving, particularly, is characterized by the turning of a driver’s attention from the road to another activity, which takes away a driver’s eyes off the road and his/her hand/s off the wheel. There can be an endless list of the activities that can distract a driver, however, to name some of those that are most commonly committed by drivers, there are: texting; eating and/or drinking; conversing with a passenger; grooming; reading a map for directions; using/adjusting a navigation system; watching a video; adjusting a radio, CD player, or any portable electronic device, adjusting a tie, lighting a cigarette, and texting or using a phone, which happens to be the leading cause of driving distraction, especially among young drivers.
There may only be a minor number of drivers who have driven through a red light, have never slowed down or stopped where there are signs stating these, have made dangerous, improper overtakes, have never used signal lights, or who have tailgated another vehicle. But definitely, almost all drivers, whatever type of vehicle they handle, have been distracted while on the road.
Driving distractions are so normal that a driver, most often than not, will never even realize that he/she is already being distracted. As a car accident attorney from the law firm Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., says, drivers who get behind the wheel should always be responsible for staying alert and paying full attention to their surroundings. A lapse in attention for just a few seconds is all it takes to lose control of a vehicle and subsequently cause an accident.
Distracted driving is a common occurrence in all U.S. states and victims of accidents caused by this negligent behavior often find themselves strapped with steep expenses, life-changing injuries, and emotional trauma. Negligent drivers should not only face punishment for their irresponsible and careless acts, but should also be held totally liable for whatever pain and suffering, and losses their victims go through. A strong defense provided by a highly-competent car accident attorney may help the victim acquire the compensation that he/she may be legally entitled to.read more