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Dangers of Distracted Driving

Posted in on January 22, 2018

The dangers of distracted driving are well-known. We all know that talking on the phone and texting while driving increases the risk of a crash. So why do people do it?

What are some types of distracted driving? What are some distracted driving statistics? What are your rights if a distracted driver injures you? Here’s what you need to know from our team of skilled car accident attorneys.

Distracted Driving Statistics

Distracted driving is a dangerous activity:

  • 3,166 people die each year because of distracted driving (NHTSA)
  • Nine people are killed each day in accidents that involve distracted drivers (CDC)
  • 1,000 people get hurt each year in crashes that involve distracted drivers (CDC)
  • Taking your eyes off the road for even two seconds doubles your risk of an accident (Virginia Tech)
  • Up to 80% of 16-20-year-old drivers admit to texting while driving (NIH)
  • Talking on the phone while you drive makes you 4-6 more times likely to be a crash. (NIH)
  • Texting drivers in heavy vehicles like trucks are more than 20 times more likely to crash than non-texting drivers (US News)

How Many People Die From Distracted Driving?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), nine people die every day from distracted driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that more than 3,166 deaths in 2017 were attributed to distracted driving. In addition to fatalities, another 1,000 people each day are involved in distracted driving-related crashes.

Distracted Driving

Is It Dangerous to Talk on the Phone While Driving?

Yes, it is dangerous to talk on the phone while driving. The problem with talking on the phone while you drive is that your attention is diverted from the road. Even though you can usually drive okay while talking on the phone, the diversion makes it difficult to react quickly and appropriately when unexpected events occur. The delayed reaction time and inability to spot dangerous circumstances on the road may make a crash more likely to occur.

What Are the Effects of Cell Phone Use While Driving?

The effects of cell phone use while driving include diverted attention and delayed reaction time. According to the National Institute of Health, drivers on their phones are worse at performing routine tasks like adjusting their mirrors. They’re also less able to control their speed than drivers who are entirely focused on the road. The National Institute of Health says that drivers on their phones are four times more likely to be in an accident than drivers who are not on their phones.

Is It Illegal to Use a Cell Phone While Driving in Colorado?

It is legal to use a cell phone while driving in Colorado. In other words, it is not illegal to use a cell phone while driving in Colorado. An adult driver may talk on a cell phone while they drive. However, they may not text or otherwise enter data into the phone. Drivers under the age of 18 may not use a cell phone at all for any reason while they drive. The only exception to the rule is in cases of emergency.

Types of Distracted Driving

Here are some types of distracted driving that can take your attention off the road:

  • Texting
  • Talking on the phone
  • Talking to others in the car
  • Looking at billboards
  • Eating and drinking
  • Grooming, putting on makeup
  • Reaching for something on the floor or behind you
  • Car karaoke
  • Killing spiders or other bugs in the car

Any activity that takes your attention off the road qualifies as distracted driving.

What Is the Number One Distraction While Driving?

The number one distraction while driving is cell phones. The National Safety Council says that cell phones are involved in as many as 27 percent of all crashes. Both talking on a cell phone and texting while driving are serious distractions while driving.

Is It Illegal to Drive Distracted in Colorado?

Yes, it is illegal to drive distracted in Colorado. There may not be a law titled distracted driving, but there are laws that cover distracted driving behaviors. For example, you may be cited for texting while driving. You may be cited for careless driving or reckless driving. In addition, if your distracted driving causes an accident, you may be cited for any traffic law violation that contributes to the crash.

Texting and Driving Claims in Colorado

If you’re injured because of a distracted driver, you may have a distracted driving claim. Colorado is an at-fault state. Because Colorado is an at-fault state, you may bring a claim against the responsible driver any time you’re hurt in an accident. Texting and driving is an example of negligence. It can be the basis of a negligence claim in Colorado. In addition, the driver who texts may receive a ticket from the police.

How to Prove Distracted Driving

When you’re hurt because of a distracted driver, you have to prove their actions caused the crash. There are several ways that you can prove it. For example, you can rely on statements that the driver makes to the police officer or anyone else. In addition, you can engage in formal legal discovery and examine their cell phone and phone messages. You can ask the other driver to answer questions under oath, and you can subpoena other witnesses to testify under oath. An experienced attorney can help you prove distracted driving in your case.

Contact Our Experienced Car Accident Lawyers

Have you been hurt because of a distracted driver? Are you wondering what to do after an accident? At Bachus & Schanker, LLC, we’re determined, aggressive personal injury attorneys. You have rights after a distracted driving accident. Our goal is to help you exercise your rights and get the justice that you deserve.

When you’re hurt because of a distracted driver, you may deserve financial compensation. But you must bring a claim to get your recovery. Our legal team doesn’t stop until you have full and fair compensation for your injuries. Contact us today to learn about how the law applies to your case and how we can help you win the compensation that you deserve. Your call is free. Call us today.

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