Distracted Driving Is A Major Cause of Virginia Car Wrecks
You have to be paying a lot of attention to drive a car safely. You never know when the cars in front of you are going to stop suddenly and unexpectedly. As I was driving down the road just past Williamsburg on Interstate 64 West (I-64), I was in a 70-mile an hour zone the other day and the cars came to a stop for no apparent reason at all. At that time I had no idea about whether the cars were stopping for an accident or for highway construction. However, if I hadn’t been paying attention, I wouldn’t have been able to stop the car in time to prevent hitting the vehicle in front of me and causing a wreck.
Distracted driving takes away precious seconds and the margin of safety to avoid hitting the car in front of you or going off the road. In order to not drive recklessly and to keep your car under proper control, you’ve got to be giving the roadway and your driving your full attention. Distracted driving is really not that different from drunk driving in that the distraction takes away part of your brain and reflexes and impairs you from making good decisions. That second or two can make a lot of difference as a car going 60 miles an hour is traveling at about 100 feet a second.
Every second counts when you’re behind the wheel because if you don’t start braking in time you won’t be able to brake before hitting something, particularly if you are following too close to begin with.
Rear-end accidents from not paying attention are the most common type of wreck that I deal with on a daily basis in my personal injury practice. Keeping proper attention on the road and avoiding collisions is hard enough when you are sober and not tired. However, when you add to that all of the gizmos and gadgets in our cars these days it’s particularly hard to avoid distractions. Just looking down to answer your phone or change the radio station can be enough to cause a wreck. Add something even more distracting into the equation, like watching a movie or trying to eat a cheeseburger in the car and distraction becomes a real danger.
Take your driving seriously and put down the phone. Let somebody else pick the music if you have a passenger or get it straight before you start driving. Don’t let distracted driving turn into a disaster for you and someone else’s family member. If you kill someone or seriously injure someone from distracted driving you will be very sorry you did. For more information, see our page about distracted driving here.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you may have grounds to file a claim against the distracted driver’s insurance policy. Make sure you receive medical treatment after a wreck. If you are injured. Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077.