The National Safety Council recently announced that the United States has reached over 40,000 traffic related deaths for the third straight year. In 2018, 4.5 million people suffered from serious personal injuries due to car crashes. With the rate 2019 is going, who knows how many personal injuries might occur by the end of the year?
According to the National Safety Council, one of the main causes of these auto accidents is the new in-dash features in cars. With the ability to have your car read your text messages, listen to music, and give directions at the same time can certainly cause someone to pay less attention to the road.
Distracted Driving – Causes and Solutions
Distracted driving can be labeled as any type of activity that takes the driver’s eyes and attention off the road. The most common types of distractions are:
- Visual Distractions: checking your phone, changing radio stations, looking at the GPS navigation
- Manual Distractions: eating while driving, reaching for an object from the backseat, or any task that involves removing your hands from the wheel
- Cognitive Distractions: daydreaming or talking on the phone, even with a hands-free device, can be considered a cognitive distraction
The National Safety Council states that Rhode Island has declined by 9.4% in traffic related fatalities. One of the biggest improvements Rhode Island has made to stop distracted driving was launch the hands free law this past summer. Since June 1st, 2018, Rhode Island introduced a law that prohibits drivers from using hand-held devices except in case of emergency.
Rhode Island’s percentage of fatalities might have decreased, but drivers are still getting distracted and causing motor vehicle accidents. If you or a loved one have gotten into a car accident due to someone being distracted while driving, our experienced personal injury attorneys at the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC are here to help you every step of the way.
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