If you were to do a quick poll of 10 random Long Island residents and ask them the leading causes of Long Island car accidents, you would probably get standard answers such as drinking and driving or speeding. However, times are changing. People these days are becoming more and more careless behind the wheel. This is partially due to being drawn to their technology and the never-ending need to be connected.
In 2015, drunk driving killed 10,265 people in the United States, while distracted driving killed 3,477. However, drunk driving injured 290,000 people while distracted driving injured an astonishing 391,000 people.
Distracted driving includes a range of activities, from texting on a smartphone to reading the newspaper. Some of the things people try to do while driving are outlandish, but the most common distracted driver tool is the smartphone.
The major problem with texting while driving is that it forces the driver to focus on a phone.
The more young drivers who feel it is acceptable to use their phones while driving, the higher the injury and death numbers will go. It is important for parents and schools to teach young drivers the dangers of distracted driving.
Our firm has years of experience in dealing with cases involving distracted drivers, especially those who text while driving. If you have been involved in an accident with a distracted driver, we encourage you to give our car accident attorneys a call and find out how our team can help you to get maximum compensation.