Distracted driving is defined as any attention by a driver given to a non-driving related activity. These actions tend to greatly affect a driver’s performance and dictate whether an accident may occur or not.
In fact, statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demonstrate that over 3,300 fatal auto accidents resulted from distracted drivers in 2011, which is a 1.9 percent increase from 2010. Many believe this is correlated with an increase in the use of mobile devices such as texting while driving, which takes the drivers attention off the road for long periods of time.
With this in mind, these types of accidents are extremely common and unfortunately cause a great number of fatalities and greater number of injuries each year.
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Types of Driver Distractions
Driver distractions may affect a driver in three different ways, cognitively, visually, and manually. As a result, there are dozens of different distractions which may take place while operating an automobile. Some common types of driver distractions include:
- Adjusting control settings
- Adjusting GPS devices
- Applying makeup
- Changing a song or station
- Drinking while driving
- Eating while driving
- Grooming while driving
- Passenger distractions
- Pet distractions
- Talking on the phone
- Texting while driving
When performing these actions while driving, it brings the drivers attention off the road and greatly increases their chance to lose control and become involved in an accident with another automobile, pedestrian, or fixed object.
Types of Inattentive Driver Accidents
In recent years, there have been countless automobile developments in order to determine when an accident may occur, and sense other inattentive driver habits. These features will automatically adjust a vehicle in order to prevent an accident from occurring. Unfortunately, many vehicles do not possess these features, thus resulting in many types of accidents.
Some types of inattentive driver accidents include:
- Fixed object
- Lane drifting
- Parking lot
- Red light
- Side impact
Resulting from these types of accidents, both drivers and passengers of either vehicle may suffer from damages, injuries, and wrongful death.
Types of Inattentive Driver Accident Injuries
The Illinois Department of Transportation reported over 281,700 car accidents across the state in 2011. This resulted in over 900 fatalities, and cost over $5.5 billion in injuries and property damages. A number of these accidents were contributed to inattentive driving.
Some types of inattentive driver accident injuries include:
- Asthma attacks
- Fractured bones
- Seat belt
- Sprains and strains
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
In some cases, the above injuries may become more severe over time and may even lead to the death of that individual. Furthermore, these injuries can greatly affect how an individual lives out the course of their life, especially with a disabling injury.
Contact Our Illinois & Missouri Auto Accident Lawyers Today
At the law offices of Tapella & Eberspacher, our attorneys have a superior reputation for quality, personal service and results, which has created a foundation for our premier status. Our reputation for handling complex auto accident litigations makes us the leading choice for other attorneys that refer case’s to our firm or for those whom have suffered injuries requiring services of a premium law firm.
Based in Illinois, our lawyers are able to serve auto accident victims and injured victims throughout the entire state and areas of Missouri.
Some of the locations our team serves include:
- Mount Carmel
- St. Louis
Our team also serves the surrounding towns, cities, and suburbs of these areas while operating on a contingency fee basis. This means we will not get paid unless you achieve a winning settlement or verdict for your losses and damages. To learn more, call us at (217) 394-5885">(217) 394-5885 or complete the contqct form.