Think back to how many times you might have had a close call whereby you almost caused a collision. What were you doing at the time that almost caused you to get into the accident? Were you distracted by something?
Distractions come in many shapes and forms. They include eating, messing with the radio and engaging with kids or other vehicle occupants in the vehicle. Distractions also come from the one object that many Americans can’t stand to be separated from, not even for a short trip down the road: Their smartphones.
Is distracted driving that big of a concern?
Statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggest that at least 90 motorists die daily in motor vehicle accidents. At least some of those fatalities likely result from distracted driving.
TeenSafe data paints a bit clearer picture of how serious of a matter distracted driving is among teens. They conducted a poll among teen motorists in 2018. At least 33% of the respondents said that they’d previously engaged in texting while driving. It, therefore, shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that at least 11 teen motorists lose their lives each day in the U.S. due to texting and driving. Half of the decedents were between 16 and 19 years of age.
What makes distracted driving so risky?
Driving is an activity that requires individuals to utilize more than one of their senses. They must listen for sirens and honking horns. They must visually scan the roadway for other motorists and objects that may unexpectedly come into their path.
A motorist likely takes their eyes off the road, removes their hands off the steering wheel and their mind off what they’re doing when they use their smartphone. These factors put them at risk of causing an accident and hurting you.
New York is a no-fault insurance state. This means that you may be eligible to file a claim with your own insurance company to recover compensation for any accident-related expenses or losses you incur in a crash.