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Distracted Driving: The Latest Epidemic

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The dangers of drunk and reckless driving are well-known; they usually cause the deaths of thousands of people every year. However, there isn’t nearly the same amount of public awareness or outcry about a danger that has become extremely prevalent over the last decade: distracted driving. According to the NHTSA, distracted driving claimed the lives of nearly 3,500 people in addition to injuring more than 390,000 in the year 2015 alone.

Between the increased usage of smartphones, modern “convenience” features placed in vehicles, increased effectiveness of attention-grabbing advertisements, and many other factors, todays drivers are perhaps more distracted than they have ever been. This means more of a chance to be involved in one of these accidents and more injuries. When you are hurt in an accident and believe a distracted driver may have been at fault, it’s important that you call a Daytona Beach car accident attorney to discuss your legal options further.

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Types of Distracted Driving

There are three primary types of distracted driving. Cognitive distractions are anything that takes your mind or focus away from the road in front of you. Visual distractions are anything which take your eyes off the road, even for a split second. Manual distractions are anything that causes you to remove your hands from the wheel to do something else.

Most drivers can think of something they do while behind the wheel, possibly every single day. While many motorists believe these activities are simple and pose no danger to themselves or anyone else, the fact is that the road can change in an instant when a driver is not paying attention, and a distraction dramatically reduces reaction time, increasing the danger.

Some common distracted driving actions include:

  • Talking on the phone
  • Sending/reading text messages
  • Sending/reading emails
  • Eating
  • Grooming (shaving, putting on makeup, etc.)
  • Talking with a passenger
  • Adjusting the radio or GPS system

Retain an Attorney Now!

Drivers are required to pay attention to the road ahead of them at all times to ensure their own safety as well as the safety of those on the road with them. However, not all drivers grant this courtesy to others. If you believe you have been injured by a distracted driver, Politis & Matovina, P.A. can help.

Our team has recovered more than $300 million on behalf of the injured and bereaved in Florida, making us one of the premiere choices to represent you when you suffer serious injuries from a car accident. Our compassionate legal representatives develop a personal relationship with you to learn the extent to which your accident has impacted your life. This allows us to pursue the maximum possible compensation that you need to restore your life to normal. We are not afraid of insurance companies or the armies of lawyers they might bring to your case—we know your rights and we are dedicated to helping you preserve them, whatever it might take.

Contact Politis & Matovina, P.A. online today to get started on your case!