On June 1, 2011, temperatures rose and tempers flared as minor accidents clogged I-64 in Newport News, Hampton and Williamsburg, Virginia (VA).The major accidents led to smaller collisions that resulted from either inattention or just plain impatience and caused the situation to worsen.

As a Virginia Beach personal injury attorney and a resident of Hampton Roads I have seen how a driver’s inattention at a traffic light, whether because texting or talking on a cell phone, has made other drivers angry and impatient. It makes me wonder why some people seem to regard driving as a secondary activity. Driving a car in Newport News, Hampton, Virginia Beach or Norfolk is a serious responsibility and can carry catastrophic consequences if proper attention to the task at hand is not taken.

Just today I watched as a young man looked down at his cell phone then continue to drive his car right through a very red light at the intersection of Pacific Ave and Laskin Road in Virginia Beach, VA. The only thing that saved him from a very ugly accident that he would have been at fault for was luck or coincidence that no other drivers were in the intersection at the time.

Driver distraction plays a role in 8 out of every 10 car accidents in North America, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada. That equates to 4 million accidents each year. More than 50 percent of the world’s population is under 30.That means many inexperienced drivers which may be tempted to text or perform other distractions are on the road. As an injury lawyer who hass represented people seriously hurt in car accidents, I understand the ramifications of distracted driving and the consequences that can affect innocent people.