Technology Is Increasingly Causing Car Accident Injuries

Gadgets Causing Car Accident Injuries

We usually equate “driving under the influence” with drunk driving. But, as the number of fatalities caused by drunk driving decreases, driving under the influence of technological devices is causing more and more car accident injuries and emerging as a new public safety hazard.

One analysis of national traffic records and car accident injuries from 2010 and 2011 shows that distracted driving was responsible for 6,500 traffic accident fatalities, or 10 percent of the total. Other statistics estimate that 16 percent of traffic fatalities and 80 percent of car crashes are caused by distracted driving.

According to police accident reports, the breakdown of deadly inattentive driving habits is as follows:

•    Daydreaming  –  62 percent
•    Texting or talking on a cell phone  –  12 percent
•    Distracted by something outside the car  –  7 percent
•    Distracted by passengers in the car  –  5 percent
•    Other (adjusting dials, eating, reaching for objects, smoking)  –  9 percent

These numbers are difficult to verify, since some people may have reported that they were daydreaming before their crash instead of texting given that this activity is illegal in many states.

Limit your use of devices, including voice-activated gadgets. If you must take a phone call, program your GPS device or update your Facebook status, pull over.

Proving that the at-fault driver in a car crash was distracted is not as easy as getting evidence that they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Experienced attorneys can help you successfully resolve all types of car accident injury claims.

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If you have suffered car accident injuries, call a St Louis Car Accident Lawyer at the Mueller Law Practice, LLC, for a free case evaluation: (314) 421-4441. Speak with live attorney about your claim. Evenings and Weekends: (314) 962-5100.

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