What's Distracting Vermont & New Hampshire Drivers?
These are the facts about distracted driving:
- Nearly 6,000 people died in car accidents involving a distracted driver in 2008. More than half a million more people were injured in similar accidents.
- Drivers who use hand-held devices (like cell phones) while driving are four times as likely to get into accidents serious enough to injure themselves.
- A recent study shows that using a cell phone while driving delays a driver's reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit.
The facts paint a clear picture for Vermont drivers: distracted driving is dangerous driving. It greatly increases your chances of being injured or killed in a serious accident. There are three types of distracted driving:
- Visual: taking your eyes off the road to look at something else
- Manual: taking your hands off the wheel to do something else
- Cognitive: taking your mind off the road to think about something else
All three of these types of distracted driving (link to article) increase your risk of getting into a car wreck. Some common activities that lead to distracted driving are:
- Watching a video
- Eating or drinking
- Talking/texting on a cell phone
- Talking to passengers
- Reading or looking at maps
- Using a smart phone or navigation system
If you or someone you know have been the victim of a distracted driver and have sustained injuries as a result, it's important that you contact a Vermont car accident attorney. You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries and emotional suffering, but you have to act fast.
The experienced Vermont car accident attorneys at Van Dorn & Curtiss have helped thousands of accident victims in New Hampshire and Vermont recover damages for car wrecks. We offer a free consultation about the specifics of your case, so there's no obligation on your part if you call to learn more.