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For many drivers, driving is almost automatic. If you have been driving for many years, you may not feel that driving needs your full concentration. It can be tempting to talk on a cell phone, enter info into your GPS, glance at a text message or focus on another activity. Unfortunately, performing any of these activities while driving can be dangerous.
Distracted driving has become a major public health problem. According to Distraction.gov, distracted driving was responsible for 3,331 deaths in 2011 alone. Many thousands of other motorists also suffered injuries in distracted driving accidents.
Distracted driving accidents are completely preventable; drivers just need to pay attention. The fact that a distracted driving accident could have been avoided makes it especially devastating to an injured victim or to the surviving family members of someone who was killed. Colorado law provides some measure of comfort for these victims by holding the distracted driver legally responsible for compensating those injured in the crash. However, you should consult with an experienced auto accident lawyer to maximize your ability to obtain the compensation provided by Colorado law.
The Dangers of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving encompasses any type of behavior behind the wheel other than driving. Common distractions include:
- talking on a cell phone
- entering directions into a GPS
- manipulating in-vehicle controls
- interacting with back seat passengers
While texting can be especially dangerous, any kind of distracted driving behavior presents serious risks. Distraction.gov underscores the danger of distracted driving with these statistics:
- Distracted driving played a role in 18 percent of all injury-causing auto accidents in 2010.
- Among drivers 20 and under who were involved in fatal car crashes, 11 percent of the young drivers were distracted when the crash occurred. Young people tend to be more likely to drive distracted than older adults.
- 40 percent of all teenagers in the United States reported being in a car with a driver who was using his or her cell phone in a risky manner.
- Drivers using handheld devices while driving are four times more likely to get into an injury-causing accident than other drivers.
- The risk of becoming involved in a distracted driving crash while texting is 23 times greater than the risk when driving without distraction.
As these figures illustrate, distracted driving is no minor matter. Thousands of people are injured or killed in distracted driving accidents, and every person who chooses to drive distracted puts himself and others in danger.
Levine Law Can Help
Those injured in a distracted driving accident caused by another driver can take legal action against the negligent driver to obtain monetary damages for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. Damages can also be obtained by settling outside of court prior to filing suit or before a lawsuit goes to trial.
To recover compensation, however, the burden is on the victim to prove that the other driver was distracted and at fault. The lawyers at Levine Law have more than two decades of experience representing auto accident victims, and we know how to help you build a strong case. Give our law firm a call today to discuss your case.