With today's ever-changing technologies, distracted driving is becoming more and more common. As a League City distracted driving accident attorney, Trey Apffel is all too aware of the serious injuries caused by inattentive and distracted drivers. State laws constantly change in an attempt to keep up with technology, and in December 2011 the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a recommendation that states ban the use of cellphones while driving, even hands-free devices. We constantly monitor these types of proposed laws carefully to see how they might impact our clients or their cases.
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Although there are a variety of causes for distracted driving, cellphone use is increasing the number of accidents, including accidents with serious injuries. According to recent government data, the use of a cellphone was reported in 18 percent of distraction-related fatalities in America.
People are distracted while driving in three ways: visually by taking our eyes off the road, manually, by taking our hands off the wheel and mentally by taking our mind off the task of driving. Here are a few activities that can result in distracted driving:
- Texting or talking on a cellphone or smartphone
- Eating, drinking or smoking
- Talking to passengers
- Grooming such as shaving or putting on makeup
- Reading, including maps
- Using GPS navigation systems
- Watching a video, yes really
- Adjusting a radio, CD player or an MP3 player
And any or all of these can lead to distraction from the roadway and lead to an accident that causes serious injuries or death. In fact, many states have outlawed driving and texting, and many cities have outlawed the use of cellphones behind the wheel, including hands-free devices.
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If you have been injured due to the negligence of another, it's never a good idea to accept the first offer an insurance company presents, especially if it acts fast without fully investigating the facts of the case. The insurance company's hope is you do not contact an experienced Texas lawyer to further investigate and negotiate a better offer. Once a settlement has been signed, it can be difficult to renegotiate later on, should further complications arise from your injuries. Protect your rights and contact us for a no-obligation initial consultation to discuss your case.