According to Distraction.gov, the official U.S. government website for distracted driving, over 420,000 people were injured in vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2013. And, that same year saw over 3,000 people die in crashes with distracted drivers. In fact, approximately 18% of all crashes involve distraction.
These are huge numbers when you consider that any vehicle collision that occurs because a driver is distracted is a collision that was probably preventable.
So, what are these drivers doing instead of focusing on the road? Unfortunately, the answer to that isn’t very surprising. In the majority of distracted driving cases, the distracted driver is texting or using a cell/smart phone. In fact, one study found that crash risk increases as much as four times when a driver is using a cell phone.
But texting and talking aren’t the only distractions causing crashes. Other activities contributing to distracted driving statistics include eating and drinking, grooming, watching videos, adjusting a radio or CD player, and reading. One frightening statistic pointed out that at any given daylight moment in the U.S., approximately 660,000 drivers are using their cell phones or other electronic devices while driving.
Unlike some other states which have no legislation in place to control distracted driving, Wisconsin law currently bans texting for all drivers and bans all cell phone use for novice drivers. That doesn’t mean, however, that someone who was injured in a car crash with a driver who was distracted for some other reason could not pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
Regardless of why a driver is distracted, if you are injured in a collision due to the fault of a distracted driver, you may be able to mount a successful case.
If you or a loved one was injured due to a distracted driver, we may be able to help. Call Milwaukee car accident lawyer at Domnitz & Domnitz, S.C. for a free consultation.