April represents many things, from the Easter celebration to frequent rain showers, the college basketball final four and beyond. April is also distracted driving month. If you were to spend 10 minutes observing traffic at a busy Nashville intersection, you would likely find that plenty of drivers are distracted with cell phones, eating, changing the radio station and so on. It seems like the number of in-vehicle distractions is growing as time progresses.
If you are injured in an car accident and suspect that the negligent party was distracted in any way, reach out to our Nashville auto accident lawyers for legal assistance.
Distracted Driving by the Numbers
Distracted driving claims nearly 3,500 lives per year. Another 391,000 individuals are injured in auto accidents involving distracted driving. In 2016, traffic fatalities totaled 254 lives in the Nashville area alone. Consider an instance in which you rattle off a quick text that takes five seconds while driving at 55 mph. Though this might seem like a minor action, it puts you and plenty of others in danger. Such a text equates to driving across the full length of a football field without looking up.
Consider the fact that about 660,000 drivers use their phone while driving during the daytime. This means people are spanning numerous football fields while driving at high rates of speed without looking at what’s ahead, behind or around them. That’s just about as dangerous as it gets.
Nearly everything you do while behind the wheel that does not relate to driving constitutes a distraction, such as:
- Checking out your appearance in the rearview mirror
- Talking on the phone
- Fiddling with the radio dial
- Using the navigation system
Know the Law
There are a number of laws on the books to prevent accidents resulting from distracted driving. It is illegal to text while driving in the state of . So don’t try to squeeze in a quick text at a red light or stop sign. If you are caught texting while driving, you will be ticketed and fined. If you absolutely have to send a text or make a phone call while behind the wheel, do everyone in Nashville a favor by pulling over to the side of the road.
The Nashville Car Accident Lawyers are Here to Help in Your Time of Need
You should not have to suffer as a result of another’s distracted driving. If you have been harmed in any way due to another’s negligence, our Nashville car accident lawyers will help you obtain the compensation you deserve. We will gather evidence to prove the other party was distracted at the time of the accident.
At Pitman & Petro Attorneys at Law, our legal team will fiercely advocate on your behalf so you aren’t saddled with medical bills and the burden of lost wages as a result of time missed from work. Give us a call today at (615) 422-2222 to schedule your free consultation. Though our office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, our personal injury experts are willing to take your call 24/7.