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Car Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers

Car Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers

Monday, August 18th, 2014

According to a recently released report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 3,300 auto accident fatalities were related to distracted driving in 2012. This suggests that roughly 10 percent of all fatal car crashes in 2012 were affected by distracted driving.

At the law office of Charles N. Rock, our Newburgh car accident lawyer understands that distracted drivers can cause accidents for even the safest drivers. If you have sustained a personal injury as a result of a car accident that may have been caused by a distracted driver, Mr. Rock can handle your claim to help you get the compensation you deserve.

The NHTSA considers driver distractions anything that diverts a driver’s attention away from the primary tasks of navigating the vehicle. Some of the most common distractions include:

  • Using Cellular Phones – Talking on a cell phone can have dangerous consequences, and texting while driving can be just as perilous as driving while intoxicated.
  • Eating and Drinking – When you eat and drink in the car, you take your hands off the steering wheel and your eyes and your mind off the road.
  • Navigating with a GPS device – Focusing your attention on navigational tools while driving poses a comparable risk to texting and driving.
  • Grooming – Adjusting your appearance in the mirror while driving diverts your vision from the road.
  • Interacting with passengers – If your passengers distract your eyes or mind from the driving, this can pose a threat to your safety.

Driver distractions come in many different forms. Anything that causes you to divert your attention away from the wheel can impair your driving ability and result in an accident, so it is important to keep your eyes and your mind on the road at all times.

If you believe your personal injury has been a result of an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact Charles N. Rock, PLLC at (845) 566-9200 for a free case evaluation. Our experienced Newburgh accident lawyer serves clients in New Paltz, Kingston, New Windsor, Poughkeepsie, Middletown and the surrounding areas.
Category: Car Accidents
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