Distracted Driving a Common Cause of Rear-End Accidents

May 24, 2019

One of the most common dangerous distractions today is the use of a cellphone while driving. Statistical studies have proven that the use of a cellphone significantly delays a drivers’ reaction time. Regardless of these studies and many laws aimed at prohibiting drivers from using their cellphone while driving, cellphone-related car crashes are still common.

Have you ever looked at your phone for a second, then suddenly found yourself hitting the brakes to avoid crashing into the car in front of you? Have you ever been behind a car that doesn’t move when the light turns green, only to see that they are on their phone? Chances are that you have answered yes to both of these questions. Drivers distracted by their cellphone are as dangerous as those driving while intoxicated.

Analyzing the Data on Distracted Driving

Eating and drinking, using cellphones, and interacting with in-vehicle systems increase the odds of a crash. The NHTSA has reported that about 87% of rear-end accidents take place because the vehicle following the leading vehicle is distracted. Talking or listening on a cellphone is one of the topmost distracting activities.

Just a few seconds of distraction may result in an accident. The following most common distractions lead to rear-end accidents:

  • Texting
  • Looking at GPS
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking on a cellphone
  • Looking at or interacting with instrument panels
  • Interacting with passengers

Methods to Reduce Distracted Driving Related Crash Risks

Many new vehicles offer crash avoidance technology, and this is perhaps the most promising new technology to reduce risks caused by distraction. These new technologies can help prevent or mitigate crashes by redirecting the driver’s attention back to the road. Often this is accomplished with a voice-activated system, bells, or other audible warning signals.

Call a Kentucky Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Distracted driving injures thousands of innocent victims each year, leaving many with lifelong medical issues. We can help you during this hard time. Contact Saladino & Schaaf today or call us at 270-444-0406 to schedule a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but you must act quickly. There are time limits on legal action.




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