Distracted driving is a serious problem on Louisiana roads and across the country. Despite the fact that most people are aware of the serious nature of this form of negligence and the potential personal injury incidents it can cause, many still allow themselves to become distracted while driving. Even one moment of distraction can result in car accidents that can leave victims with grave or fatal injuries.
A recent poll asked Americans about their driving habits and what they believed was the most serious threat on the road. According to the poll, around 55 percent of drivers believe that distracted driving is the main safety concern on the road. These people placed it higher than drunk driving, aggressive driving and driving at excessive speeds. The most common source of distraction behind the wheel is the use of cellphones.
Every day across the country, approximately nine people die as a result of distracted driving, and around 100 suffer injuries in distraction-related accidents. A startlingly high number of parents of young children use their phones while driving or at a stoplight, even with their children in the car with them. Ninety-three percent of drivers admit to talking on the phone while driving.
Regardless of why a person may be distracted while driving, it is always preventable and always dangerous. Every Louisiana driver is responsible for the choices he or she makes behind the wheel, and it is possible to hold negligent parties financially accountable for their actions through a personal injury claim. Victims of distracted driving accidents may want to seek an evaluation of their case to learn about the legal options available to them.