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Distracted Driving

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In 2014, there were almost 300,000 car crashes in New York alone, killing a total of 1,026 people. What do you think was one of the leading causes of many of these crashes? Distracted driving.

In many auto accidents, it is a driver’s inattention that leads to collisions. According to a country-wide survey, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that out of 29,989 fatal crashes in the United States that year, 10% of them were caused by distracted drivers. In addition, 18% of all injury crashes were caused by distraction.

What Distracts Drivers?

Looking at these numbers doesn’t tell you what exactly distracted the drivers involved, but people have a generally good idea.

Some of the following factors could lead to a car crash:

  • Cell-phone use
  • Talking to other passengers
  • Changing the radio/temperature
  • Eating
  • Dropping objects
  • Loose pets
  • Outside events
  • Smoking

Even hands-free calling devices can be problematic if the computer fails to recognize who you would like to call. Don’t believe in the myth of multitasking. While you may be able to do two things at once, multitasking while driving decreases your ability to do even one task perfectly.

For example, activity in the area of the brain that processes moving images (the one people use to see things out the windshield) decreases by up to 1/3 when talking on the phone.

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Let Us Help You Get Compensation

Auto accidents can lead to severe injuries. Don’t let someone else’s negligence cost you for the rest of your life. If your medical bills look like they will continue to add up because of a distracted driver, contact one of our Otsego County personal injury attorneys. We have many years of experience seeking compensation for people in your situation.

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