Distracted driving is a major cause of car accidents today. There are more things to distract us than ever before – cell phones, text messaging, MP3 players, GPS systems, etc. Unfortunately, while these are all undeniably useful, they also have a negative effect on our ability to drive. While drunk driving is rightly viewed as a dangerous and illegal threat to public safety, text messaging and making cell phone calls while driving is not viewed quite the same way, despite being arguably as dangerous.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted or drunk driver, you deserve financial compensation for your losses. Contact the Wisconsin car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today by calling 800-242-2874.
The Figures on Driving Distractions
Text messaging, making phone calls, and fiddling with in-vehicle devices have become a surprisingly common part of American life. In June of 2008 alone, Americans sent 75 billion text messages – or approximately 250 per American.
Unfortunately, these distractions make the roads less safe. According to a study conducted by Virginia Tech in 2009, a staggering 81% of accidents are caused by drivers being distracted. The study also found that text messaging alone caused a driver to be 23 times more likely to be in an accident.
Text messaging is just one part of the problem, though. Any action that causes you to divert your attention from the road can potentially cause an accident. When you’re behind the wheel of an automobile, your first obligation is to your safety and the safety of everyone else on the road.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident as a result of another driver’s negligence, contact the Wisconsin car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today by calling 800-242-2874.