Author Kurt Vonnegut once said, “I can think of no more a stirring symbol of man’s humanity to man than a fire engine.” It’s true that firefighters risk their lives on a daily basis to rescue people they have never met before. This unfortunately happened recently in Fredericksburg, Virginia (VA) when a man ran his car into a fire truck that was parked along Interstate 295 south at the I-64 interchange in eastern Henrico County. The firefighters were rescuing people out of a van that had crashed and flipped over the guardrail down a steep embankment. Two of the firefighters who were in the truck at the time of the accident were injured, the driver of the car was killed.
As Virginia (VA) car accident injury lawyers we know that a moment of inattention on the road can have countless consequences. Here are some true hard facts about driving distracted:
- The National Highway Safety Association reported that 6,000 people died because of distracted driving in 2008.
- A University of Utah study found that talking on a cell phone while driving reduce motorist reaction times as much as having a blood alcohol level of 0.08 (the legal limit in North Carolina).
- A Virginia Tech distracted driving study found that truck drivers are 20 times more likely to cause an accident if they text behind the wheel.
Despite all the information available people continue to tempt fate by texting and driving. A study found that 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit they have had long, multi-message texting conversations while driving. But distracted driving doesn't necessarily involve just a cellphone; it can include eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, using the navigation system and even adjusting music.