Auto Accidents and Distracted Drivers By on February 05, 2014

Auto Accidents and Distracted DriversWe spend so much of our time on the road that it's important we share it responsibly with others. When a motorist does not share in this responsibility to their fellow motorists, accidents are more likely. We feel that the people who act negligently and cause accidents need to be held accountable for their actions, which is why we take all auto accident cases very seriously.

Our personal injury attorneys have been noticing more and more instances of distracted drivers causing accidents lately, with devastating results for the victims. We want to take a moment right now to consider why these kinds of cases need to be taken so seriously.

About Distracted Driving

Distracted driving refers to any instance in which a motorist behind the wheel is not paying attention to the road and his or her fellow drivers. There are various causes for this, including:

  • Texting
  • Cell phone use
  • Adjusting radio
  • Eating while driving
  • Rubbernecking

Why Distracted Drivers Are So Dangerous

As we noted above, we share the road with others. When a driver is distracted while on the road, he or she shows a reckless disregard for others, whether they be fellow motorists, bicyclists, or pedestrians. As motorists, we need to be attentive of others, particularly on highways and busy streets.

Our car accident lawyers have seen cases in which families have lost loved ones simply because a negligent motorist failed to pay attention. The sad part about all this is that accidents caused by distraction are so easy to prevent.

A Word On Texting and Cell Phone Use While Driving

In the last 10 years or so, there's been a marked rise in the number of distracted driver accidents that have been caused by texting and/or cell phone use. The problem has become so serious that acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog even made a short online documentary/PSA about the dangers of texting while driving last year.

Smart phones in general have also been linked to many distracted driving accidents. It's so easy to pull up the internet on a phone, watch videos, or play games, but these are not the sorts of things that should be done while a person is on the road.

Whenever you drive, please put away the cell phone and/or smart phone. You'll make the road safer for those around you as well as the passengers in your vehicle.

Our Legal Team Is Here for You

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a distracted driver, you should take heart in the fact that we will be strong advocates for you and your case. We will fight diligently to ensure that your side is heard and that the responsible party is taken to task for their irresponsibility behind the wheel. By fighting for just compensation for injuries and hardships, we will help ensure that you are given the ability to heal and to move forward in life.

Learn More About Auto Accident Lawsuits

For more information on your legal rights following an auto accident, be sure to speak with a legal team you can trust. Contact our Utah personal injury attorneys today. We will fight diligently for you and your loved ones each step of the way so that you can have peace of mind.

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  • Utah Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
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  • American Trial Lawyers Association

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