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Distracted Driving Increases the Risk of Car Accidents

By Matt Quick on July 17, 2017

A car accident sceneWith the prevalence of smart phones, in-dash touch screens, and GPS systems, distracted driving is increasingly becoming a serious problem. Distracted driving describes any situation in which a person's focus is diverted from driving and a major cause of car accidents. Those who have been injured in car accidents caused by a distracted driver may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and other damages.

The attorneys of Quick Law Group, PLLC, are experienced in legal matters involving car accidents and distracted driving, servicing clients in and around Seattle, WA and Bellevue, WA. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver and would like to know more about your legal options, please contact our team today.

What Is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving includes any activity that takes a person's focus away from driving. Such activities may cause drivers to take their eyes off the road, their hands off the steering wheel, or their mind off of driving.

It only takes a few seconds of distraction to cause a serious accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), taking your eyes off the road for 5 seconds at freeway speeds is enough time to travel the length of a football field. You wouldn't run down a football field blindfolded, so why risk taking your eyes off the road while driving?

Any number of things can lead to distracted driving. Some common distractions include:

  • Talking on a cell phone (even with a hands-free device)
  • Texting
  • Talking to other passengers
  • Playing with the radio
  • Eating or drinking
  • Playing with a car's in-dash touch screen
  • Looking at directions on a GPS system
  • Daydreaming

Distracted Driving Can Have Major Consequences

Distracted driving is a serious problem that can result in major consequences. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2015 more than 390,000 people were injured and more than 3,450 people were killed in car accidents involving distracted drivers.

Those involved in car accidents caused by distracted driving may suffer life-changing injuries and require long-term rehabilitation to regain their former life. Some possible injuries include:

  • Bruises
  • Cuts
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Broken neck
  • Whiplash
  • Back injuries

Damages for Injuries Caused by Distracted Driving

Those who are injured in car accidents caused by drivers who carelessly divert their attention from the road, may have legal grounds to seek compensation for their injuries and other damages related to the accident. Damages may include lost wages, medical bills, loss of future wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, it is important to get in touch with an experienced car accident attorney to ensure your legal rights are protected. 

Contact the Car Accident Attorneys of Quick Law Group, PLLC

Contact the experienced team of car accident attorneys at Quick Law Group, PLLC to discuss the details of your situation and learn more about your legal options.

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