Summertime Spike in Driver Negligence Distracted Driving Accidents
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School’s out, graduation has commenced, and workers have requested their vacation days — it is officially Summer 2016. Young drivers and families are hitting the road along with everyone else, and with the sense of summer freedom comes with more cars in neighborhoods and highways, naturally upping the risk of collisions. The warmer weather brings out a more carefree attitude, unfortunately this also brings with it distracted drivers.
Did you know that distracted driving car accidents lead the cause of death for those in the US aged eight to 34? That’s right, these accidents contributing to car, truck, SUV and motorcycle crashes occur in frightening numbers, as distracted driving is responsible for one death every 12 to 15 minutes. In addition, these accident injure more than 2.5 million each year.
This is all according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and at here at Held & Hines LLP in Brooklyn, we often work represent those who have been injured by distracted drivers or their families; the most common reason for tragic accidents is driver negligence due to distracted driving.
Traffic may increase, and it will come as no surprise to most summer travellers (as well as regular old commuters!) that long holiday weekends are usually made even longer by dreaded traffic, sometimes doubling the time it takes to make it to their destination or back home. Regardless of the annoyance a bumper-to-bumper gridlock can cause, data from the NHTSA should give would-be drivers pause.
Parents of teenagers should be especially strict on when, where and how they let their young drivers take the roadways. With school being out, friends will pack into cars, and the chances for distraction are high. GPS’s, texting, calls, and friends in the car are all variables. Distracted driving accidents The statistics are startling. Data shows that an average of 400 people are killed in traffic accidents and similar incidents during Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of the summer. Though that’s just one weekend, this is bound to continue all summer long.
As a driver, remember to stay present and focused on the task at hand — driving. Not on your passengers or cell phone. And be aware of other drivers, if you see a distracted driver notify the authorities.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted driving automobile accident contact the personal injury attorneys of Held & Hines, LLP. We are passionate about help the injured in Brooklyn and New York City seek justice.