Alabama Distracted Driving Injury Lawyers
Distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of fatal injury accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), close to 3,179 people lost their lives and another 431,000 were seriously injured in 2014 in distracted driving car accidents throughout the United States each year. Our Alabama distracted driving injury lawyers knows firsthand how injuries from a car accident caused by the negligence of others can completely change lives.
Distracted Driving Statistics: Fatalities and Injuries Caused by Distracted Drivers
While there is no conclusive way to determine the exact number of accidents caused by distracted drivers, the 2011 Alabama Traffic Crash Facts report attributes distracted driving as the cause of 15 to 30 percent of all vehicle-related traffic accidents. This breaks down to 125 fatalities, 4,000 injuries, and 15,000 collisions in our state alone each year. Some suspect the actual number of distracted driving car accidents may be as much as two times what is currently being reported.
If you have sustained serious injury or lost a loved one in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries and losses. Through a free, no-obligation consultation, an attorney from our firm will be able to review your case and advise you on how to proceed.
With legal representation, your chances of obtaining the maximum value of your claim will be significantly improved.
Common Types of Driver Distractions
The four primary types of driver distraction are visual, auditory, manual and cognitive. When a driver voluntarily takes his or her attention off the task of driving and puts it on something else that requires the driver’s visual, auditory or manual attention, that driver is distracted. The majority of driver distractions involve one or more of these four types.
The following are some of the most dangerous and potentially fatal car driving accident distractions:
- Daydreaming or becoming “lost in thought”
- Cellphone use (talking, listening, dialing, texting, etc.)
- Attention drawn to an outside object, person or activity
- Talking or interacting with other passengers
- Switching radio stations or adjusting climate controls
- Using a GPS navigation system or another in-vehicle system
- Eating or drinking
- Listening to music on headphones or watching a video
- Moving objects around (cell phone, bag, animal, etc.)v
- Tending to personal grooming
Alabama Texting and Driving Laws
The only laws the state of Alabama has pertaining to distracted driving are those related to cell phone use. In Alabama, it is against the law for novice drivers to use a cell phone while driving, regardless of whether it is handheld or hands-free. It is also a violation for any driver to engage in texting while driving.
Alabama negligence law applies to distracted driving. The law requires motorists to drive safely and prudently at all times. Distracted drivers, however, take their eyes off the road. They shift their mental focus away from driving safely. They lack awareness of their surroundings. They may also take their hands off the wheel or fail to hit the brake pedal.
If you or someone you love has been injured in any type of distracted driving accident, it is the role of our Alabama distracted driving injury lawyer to aggressively protect your interests and advocate for your rights. We understand what it takes to prove liability in these types of accidents, and we will work diligently to hold the at-fault driver accountable for his or her actions. We also know that insurers will not always be on your side. Our goal is to see you fully compensated for your injuries and all other losses.
Who Texts and Drives the Most?
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), crash potential is determined by the degree of risk the distraction poses, as well as the frequency in which the risky activity is being performed. In other words, the more often a driver engages in certain types of dangerous activities while driving, the more likely they are to get in an accident. This makes texting while driving extremely likely to cause an injury accident.
The NSC estimates at least 1.6 million accidents and close to 330,000 injuries occur each year due to texting while driving. The Institute for Highway Safety Fatality Facts claims that 11 teen deaths per day can be blamed on texting while driving. Almost 25 percent of all vehicle-related accidents are caused by texting while driving.
Contrary to what many people believe, adults are far more likely to use cell phones while behind the wheel than teenagers, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Approximately 82 percent of adult drivers between the ages of 25-39, and 72 percent of adult drivers between the ages of 40-59 reported using their cell phones while driving.
Only 58 percent of teens admitted to using a cell phone while driving. Many attribute the increase in cell phone use while driving to people wanting to constantly stay connected to friends, co-workers, and family via social media.
Social media can wait. Taking selfies, posting pictures to image-driven sites such as Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr, or engaging in any type of multi-tasking while driving is dangerous and not advised. Doing so puts yourself and others directly in harm’s way.
Using Technology to Put an End to Texting While Driving
As texting and driving can cause many serious or fatal injuries, the hope is that technology can put an end to this particular driver distraction. Some cell phone providers, including AT&T and Verizon, already have apps that allow drivers to silence incoming text message notifications and send automated alerts to those attempting to text a driver while they are behind the wheel.
There are also apps that “read” text messages and allow drivers to compose texts using hands-free, voice command features. CNET reports Apple has been looking to take it a step further by creating a “driver handheld computing device lock-out” that would prevent texting and other cell phone activities while driving.
Contact a Distracted Driving Injury Lawyer Today
The attorneys at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. have a comprehensive understanding of the dangers created when people become distracted while driving. We realize that to stay safe, drivers must keep their attention on the task of driving or risk being involved in a serious car accident. Drivers put other motorists, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians in danger when engaging in activities that require them to take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or attention away from the task of driving.
Our Alabama personal injury attorneys have more than 65 years of trial experience in state and federal courts. We know how to deal with insurance companies. We are relentless litigators in the courtroom. At our firm, we put our clients first. Our commitment to helping our clients attain real results has led to millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. To schedule your free consultation, contact one of our distracted driving injury lawyers by calling our office at 205-933-1500 or using our online form.