In November 2019, a man was involved in a rollover accident in Brighton, England, causing injuries so devastating that he had to have his entire arm amputated.
The man, who was texting-and-driving at the time, ran into a fixed median that caused his grey van to tip over to its side and nearly hit another vehicle coming from the other direction.
While the identity of the man is unknown, he has allowed the footage of his accident to be seen publicly in order to help spread awareness of what horrendous results can happen as a direct result of distracted driving.
What Is Considered Distracted Driving?
When a driver takes their eyes away from the road to read a text or make adjustments to their GPS for 5 seconds while traveling at 55 MPH, they are covering the length of an entire football field unsupervised. As you can imagine, this creates a higher risk of causing a disastrous car accident.
Many of the causes of these types of accidents stem from:
- Cell phone use
- Texting and driving
- Eating and/or drinking while driving
- Playlist/radio changing
- Screen adjustments
- Distractions coming from passengers
- Listening to music at extremely high volume
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes three main types of distracted driving:
- Visual – when a driver takes their eyes off the road.
- Manual – when a driver physically takes their hands off the wheel or foot off the pedal.
- Cognitive – when a driver is not fully focused or mentally stable to operate behind the wheel.
Distracted Driving Statistics Around the United States
Each year, distracted driving tends to be one of the biggest problems we face within our roadways.
According to the CDC, it is estimated that there are at least 9 lives taken away on a daily basis in the United States as a result of a distracted driver, equalling out to at least 3,500 preventable deaths annually.
Between 2012 and 2018, there were over 23,000 reported traffic fatalities that involved a distracted driver. In fact, in 2018 alone, there were approximately 2,841 preventable deaths as a result of distracted drivers. To put it into a more local perspective, Texas reported approximately 377 distracted-driving deaths for 2019.
Seeking the Justice You Deserve Is A Consultation Away!
While nobody should ever drive in a distracted and reckless manner, far too many lives are taken as a result. Unnecessary distractions such as cell phone use or eating while driving are causing widespread, avoidable damage to Americans of any age group, and it is up to us to remain vigilant and refrain from engaging with such distractions while behind the wheel.
However, when an unexpected car accident caused by a distraction affects your health, you deserve proper financial relief in order to treat all of the damages that were inflicted upon you or a loved one through no fault of your own. J. Gonzalez Injury Attorneys will stop at nothing to fight for the civil justice and financial compensation you deserve.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, the time for justice is now. Contact J. Gonzalez Injury Attorneys today.
Source: Fox News