Last week's post discussed the hazards of distracted driving and focused specifically on how drivers taking pictures of other accidents on the road pose a risk to paramedics on the scene. Washington State troopers claim that distracted driving of any kind remains a problem on the road and that most of the time the people they pull over are searching for their favorite songs, operating a navigation system, holding their phones, or texting. However, even talking to a passenger or changing the radio can become a distraction if the driver takes his or her eyes and mind off the road for a short period of time.
Already this year, troopers estimate they have pulled over more than 3,000 drivers who have not been paying attention to the road as they have been driving. This problem is exacerbated in the summer months, between Memorial Day and Labor Day. These 100 days are known as the deadliest days, especially for teen drivers. During this period, fatal accidents involving teenagers increase by around 14%.
According to some estimates, more teens die from car accidents caused by reckless and distracted driving than from suicide or drugs combined. This is because there are more teens on the road during the summer months and their inexperience makes them slow to respond to changing road conditions. Additionally, they are more likely to engage in risky driving behavior. There are also more tourists likely to be in the state and unaware of routes. They are more likely to cause confusion on the road.
Accidents, whether caused by distracted driving or drunk driving, cause personal injuries that can alter the course of an accident victim's life. Resulting medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering may be compensated through a lawsuit that holds the negligent driver accountable for their reckless behavior.