Distracted driving is an epidemic and apparently no one is immune. According to a recent study, 90 percent of parent drivers have engaged in distracted driving with their child in the car with them. The distractions range from talking on the phone, texting while driving, handing a child food or a toy, interacting with the vehicle’s navigation system, etc.
The dangers of this type of behavior are two-fold: First, as any parent can attest, children tend to mirror their parent’s behavior. If parents engage in distracted driving, children are more likely to model that type of behavior when they begin driving. Second, distracted driving is dangerous and the cause of many avoidable accidents. In 2012, 421,000 people were injured in car wrecks involving distracted drivers, an increase of nine percent from the previous year. And each year, more than 130,000 children under the age of 13 seek emergency room treatment for injuries sustained in a car accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact us for a free, no obligation evaluation of your case. Call us any time at 615-742-4880 or toll-free at 866-812-8787. We handle all accident cases on a contingency basis.