Distracted Driving is on the Rise | Belt, Bruner & Barnett

No fee unless we win.

93 Verdicts and Settlements of One Million or more

Distracted Driving is on the Rise

Dec 15, 2017 | Car Accidents

If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident that was the result of someone else not paying attention while behind the wheel, your life could be turned upside down. It’s understandable for anyone to feel overwhelmed by the long recovery that your injury may require along with the possibility of mounting medical bills and lost earnings or wages. The car accident lawyers of Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. know how important it is to receive compensation from a negligent person who hurt you in a car accident, and we can make sure that you recover the damages needed during this difficult time.

To speak with a skilled Alabama car accident lawyer about your case and how you can seek compensation for your damages and injuries, contact us today for a free consultation regarding your case. Call our office at (205) 933-1500. With offices in Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, and Montgomery, our car accident lawyers will travel to the location most convenient to you.

Mobile Technology Has Resulted in More Distractions for Drivers

The advances in mobile phone and internet technology have had a huge impact on our lives, and they certainly provide us with more things that can grab our attention and distract us from what we are doing. Many people take their eyes off the road for a second or two to glance at their phone, but this can be extremely dangerous since you will travel a great distance in a short period of time depending on how fast you’re already traveling. Drivers can be distracted by the following technologies when they drive:

  • GPS software – It’s important to pull over and come to a complete stop before you input or update a location into your mapping application, whether it’s on your phone or built into your car’s dashboard. Instead of looking at street signs and other landmarks by the road, people all too often stare at the map on their screen, and therefore may not see you in time to prevent an accident.
  • Using their cell phone – Texting, dialing or using a mobile phone all too frequently results in a car accident, and these often deadly situations are on the rise in the United States. To reduce deadly accidents, drivers must use their cell phones only when safely pulled over and in park.
  • Using hands free technology – Car and mobile phone makers have been pushing hands free headsets to allow for people to talk on their phones while still keeping both hands on the wheel. While this is often legal in places where using a handheld device is banned, being engrossed in a conversation can be very distracting, even if you’re only speaking through an earpiece or your in-dash Bluetooth.

Ways to Avoid Distracted Driving Accidents

Sometimes you can be driving responsibly and be doing everything right, but still, get hit by a careless person who is distracted while driving near you. Avoiding an accident caused by a reckless driver can be difficult, and it requires looking out for the erratic driving of someone who is not paying attention. Following the speed limit and driving in a predictable manner can help reduce the likelihood of being hit by someone who is trying to combine driving with some other activity. To stay clear of distracted drivers, it’s important to not be distracted yourself while behind the wheel.

In addition to avoiding the use of mobile and internet technology while you’re driving, you should be sure to avoid the following distractions:

  • Eating food while driving, even if you are keeping your eyes on the road.
  • Items that may shift or bounce around your car as you stop and turn. Make sure that items are not loose on your seats or floors before you begin to drive.
  • Being tired. Drivers who fall asleep cause thousands of accidents a year, and it’s important to pull over, or to not drive if you find yourself too tired to concentrate.
  • Passengers who want your attention. Many people, especially young drivers, will carry on lively conversations with a number of passengers, and this can take their mind off the road.

A Car Accident Lawyer Can Help If You Have Been Hit By A Distracted Driver

Distracted drivers cause serious car wrecks every day, and many times these accidents result in serious injuries or death. If you or a loved one have been hurt in an accident, you may be able to successfully seek compensation from the negligent person who caused your crash. As experienced distracted driving injury lawyers who help the victims of accidents, the car accident attorneys of Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. know that each case is unique and that you may be feeling overwhelmed or confused about your situation. Do not hesitate to call us as soon as possible if you have been injured due to the negligence of another driver.

Contact Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer in Alabama about your case, and how we can help you during your recovery. Contact us today at (205) 933-1500 for a free, initial consultation of your case.