“Distracted driver” is a term used to refer to someone who is operating a motor vehicle and not paying full attention to it because they are texting, using a smartphone, changing the radio station, eating food while driving, working the navigation system, talking to passengers, putting on makeup and looking in the rear view mirror, or any number of actions that take your mind and focus off the road.
When a person driving 55 mph takes their eyes off the road for 5 seconds, they drive about 100 yards in the time that they aren’t looking. This can and does have deadly consequences. In 2015, there were 319,000 accidents involving distracted drivers in the United States. Of these incidents, there were 3,477 deaths. Teenagers are at an increased risk of distraction while driving, which may be a combination of inexperience driving, overconfidence in driving ability, and underestimating the danger of distracted driving.
If you have been involved in a car accident involving a distracted driver, a personal injury attorney may be able to help.