Are you a distracted driver? Is your teen? Another loved one?
There is a lot of data out there today about how teens are the most likely to be distracted while driving a car. After all, they are generally more attached to their cell phones and social media sites than most adults and tend to be less experienced and mature. These factors can lead to higher insurance premiums and stricter driving laws for teens. However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3092 people killed in distracted driving car accidents in the US in 2010, and of the 2912 drivers involved in these fatal accidents, only 368 were teens.
Much of the distracted driving research has been done about the use of cell phones while driving, especially for teens. Many states, including Pennsylvania, have enacted laws to limit cell phone usage in the car, hopefully lowering the distracted driving fatalities. But what about the other kinds of distracted driving?
Distracted driving is any act that will make your reaction time slower. These include eating/drinking, interacting with other passengers, fiddling with the radio, searching for objects in the car, rubbernecking and more. Although you cannot control other drivers and outside forces, limiting or eliminating distracted driving actions can help you stay safer in the car. Again, even though most of the research and focus is on teenage distracted driving, anyone at any age with any amount of driving experience can be distracted while operating a car.
If you have been seriously injured or a family member has been killed in a car accident, you need an experienced PA car accident attorney who knows what it takes to get you the compensation you deserve. The physical and emotional pain is challenging enough, let alone the confusion of filing an insurance claim.
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