As technology use continues to increase in our daily lives, it presents dangerous distractions in the car. Combining other distractions-such as eating and drinking, grooming, talking to passengers, and adjusting control panel switches-with cell phone use can be a fatal mix. Every day in the U.S., an average of 9 people are killed and 1,153 are injured as the result of distracted driving.
Distracted driving is quite prevalent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified three forms of distracted driving:
Many types of driving distractions are a combination of two or three of the above categories. For example, eating food falls into the categories of visual and manual distraction. Having a conversation with a passenger sitting next to you falls into the categories of visual and cognitive distraction. Cell phone is especially dangerous because all three types of distractions are present.
Various studies on distracted driving have uncovered the following alarming statistics:
Current Michigan law prohibits texting while driving, and some municipalities have enacted local ordinances that prohibit all cell phone use while driving within city borders. This is because drivers driving distracted, particularly texting while driving, has become a dangerous epidemic and often result in serious or life-threatening injuries.
If you or your loved one have been injured because of the carelessness of a distracted driver, you are entitled compensation for your personal injuries, pain, suffering, lost wages and medical expenses. Call our Detroit personal injury lawyers today to discover your rights and get the help you need. For over 30 years we have been helping auto injury clients get back on their feet and receive the compensation they deserve. We can do the same for you.
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