Driving Distractions, Car Wreck and Wrongful Death

The moment you seat behind the wheel and start your car, the one major thing that is required of you is your undivided attention on the road: this implies compliance to traffic rules, of course. Being in a car does not make you invulnerable and while others’ safety may depend on how you behave on the road, your safety, likewise, depends on how other drivers, especially truck drivers, will behave towards you.

On its website, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, mentions that, every year, thousands of lives are lost in the US due to car wrecks; millions, meanwhile, get severely injured. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) records confirm such claim, stating that the annual rate of deaths due to traffic accidents exceed 35,000.

Car wrecks destroy or badly damage vehicles. It would be a miracle if anyone finds himself/herself unscathed or only with minor injuries after being involved in such “ought-to-have-been” preventable catastrophic road accident. Often, it is the cause of untimely or wrongful death of many car drivers and passengers. And sadly, one of the top reasons why it happens is distracted driving.

It may not be wrong to say that all drivers had been guilty of distracted driving, even just once, in their driving career. Several will definitely deny this and would even consider it an accusation of being irresponsible on the road, but consider these following acts: talking on handheld phones, receiving or sending text messages, eating and/or drinking, putting on makeup, combing or styling your hair, fixing a tie, changing or setting a GPS system, surfing the Internet, reading a map, trying to reach for something, lighting a cigarette, and many other activities that make you take your eyes off the road (even for just a couple of seconds) and/or a hand off the wheel, are all driving distractions, and each time you are distracted, you put yourself and others’ lives at risk. Just imagine driving on a two-lane street with an approaching vehicle at the other lane and one of you or, worse, both of you get distracted: a possible car crash?

It may not be a case of irresponsibility, but of negligence or carelessness, definitely it is! And based on NHTSA records, persons between 15 and 24 years old are the ones most prone to distracted driving. In 2011 alone, 211 teens, 16 – 17 years old, met their untimely or wrongful death in a car wreck, and this was just within the short period of six months, from January-June.

Drivers get distracted simply because they allow themselves to be – that’s the simplest reason there is. Carelessness and negligence can never be excused. And before you end up in a hospital bed or cause someone to end up in a hospital bed, you better keep in mind: the moment you seat behind the wheel and start your car, the one major thing that is required of you is your undivided attention on the road.

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