With the busy pace of life these days you can drive down the interstate on any given day and see drivers doing a multitude of tasks that don’t include driving. Some distracted drivers have been seen eating, putting on makeup, or even trying to change clothes while driving. Recently a man was killed in Franklin County, Virginia on Virginia Route 40 when the sedan he was driving crossed into oncoming traffic on and struck an eastbound pickup truck, injuring its driver. The car accident victim suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
There is not enough information yet to know if this accident was caused by distracted driving. But, an estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver in 2012. Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
As Virginia (VA) personal injury lawyers we have seen terrible accidents and injuries caused by distracted drivers. Here’s a fact you may not know. Driving a vehicle while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The federal agency reports that sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent -- when traveling at 55 mph -- of driving the length of an entire football field while blindfolded.
Distracted drivers are dangerous not only on streets and roads but in parking lots as well. Our Virginia (VA) personal injury firm recovered 67,500.00 for a pedestrian hit by a distracted driver in Norfolk, VA.