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April 13th, 2020
Distracted driving is becoming a major problem, both in
Louisiana and nationwide, largely because of the near-total adoption of
smartphones by Americans of all ages. But there is more than one way to become
distracted behind the wheel.
Have you ever groaned at rubberneckers disrupting the flow
of traffic when they slow down to gawk at a crash? Nearly hit another car
because you were juggling your coffee and breakfast sandwich and missed the
light turning red? Or have you ever been rear-ended by someone who was reading
a text instead of watching the road? Then you know what we mean about multiple
kinds of distraction.
The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission reports an average
of 38 deaths and 5,400 injuries each year caused by distracted driving.
Nationally, distracted driving deaths totaled 3,166 in 2017, 599 of them
pedestrians. That’s nine deaths every day.
So what are the most common forms of driver distraction and
what can we do to stop it?
There are many ways to become distracted while driving,
A study of
2,000 Americans conducted by The Zebra in January 2020 found that although
37.1% of respondents believed that texting while driving impaired their ability
to drive safely, 28.6% admitted to doing it regularly, and 56.7% of respondents
admitted to eating and drinking in the car.
If we want to help prevent distracted driving accidents, we
need to stop allowing ourselves to become distracted. We can make adjustments
to our daily routines and be more conscious of potential consequences to a
We can also make sure that those around us practice safe
driving habits and obey Louisiana state laws about cell phone use as well.
Louisiana State Laws concerning distracted driving include:
If you are the passenger in a vehicle where the driver is
using their cell phone behind the wheel or looking away from the road to
perform some other task, remind them that paying attention to driving comes
first. You could even offer to complete whatever task distracted them, such
answering a phone call or reading a text message, for them. It is also
important for parents to lead by example and always make sure to avoid falling
prey to distractions when their children are in their vehicles.
A text can always wait, and when you or someone you love is
injured because someone else wasn’t paying attention to the road, we believe
you shouldn’t be responsible for paying for your medical bills out-of-pocket.
When you hire Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, our distracted driving accident attorneys will collect evidence to prove the accident wasn’t your fault, and do everything we can to get you the compensation you deserve for the injuries and pain you suffered.
In addition, we know that auto accident injuries often mean
temporary or even permanent disabilities—and that can mean weeks, months, or
even years of lost wages. That’s why we’ll work hard to help you get
compensation for any paychecks you missed while you were away from work
We care about helping you get your life back together after
an accident. That’s the Dudley DeBosier Difference. So contact us today for a
free, no-obligation consultation.