According to the CDC, distracted drivers are responsible for nine deaths and over 1000 injuries each day in the U.S. Texting and using smartphones are one reason for distracted driving accidents across the country, as well as in Albany. Nearly all drivers have used their smartphone while driving. They don’t fully realize the danger of taking their attention off the road for even a second or two.
Drivers talking to passengers sitting next to them or passengers in the back seat are at a high risk for causing accidents and serious injuries to other drivers and pedestrians. In addition, animated conversations cause even more distraction for drivers. Laughing and talking with family members or friends can distract you from paying attention to the road ahead.
Children six and under should be secured in car seats. Pets should be kept in carriers and not allowed to roam loose in your car. If something happens to a child or pet that needs attention, always pull over before attending to them. Distracted driving accidents happening on highways and interstates often involve drivers who think they can take their attention off the road for a few seconds if no cars are in front of them or beside them.
Some drivers stick their heads out an open window to get a better look at an accident, odd event or other interesting visual. Although it may be hard to resist the urge to watch firefighters put out a house fire while you are still driving, resist that urge. You could rear-end another car and find yourself facing much higher insurance premiums or worse–a suspension of your driver’s license.
Albany accident lawyers have encountered crash cases involving negligent drivers who have caused a wreck because they were eating while driving. However, it’s not the act of eating that is necessarily distracting, but what drivers do when they spill hot coffee or the contents of their sandwich on their business clothes.
Accidents victims of distracted drivers in Albany may be eligible to receive compensation to pay for their damages. The car accident attorneys at William Mattar may be able to help you obtain compensation if you suffered serious injuries in a car crash. Call today to schedule an free consultation.