Drivers must ensure they’re giving their full attention to remaining safe on the road. When they succumb to distractions, they increase the risk of causing a crash that can injure innocent people.
Despite knowing that distractions are dangerous while driving, most drivers continue to do things they know are distracting. For example, 87% of surveyed drivers say they know cellphone usage while driving is dangerous, and 53% of the respondents say they still make calls while driving. Around 45% say they read, send or receive texts while they drive.
Extremely unsafe distractions
Some drivers think that short distractions aren’t a big deal; however, even a distraction of only five seconds can have dramatic results. In that short amount of time, a vehicle can go a full football field in length if it’s going 55 miles per hour.
More than 70% of drivers in Nationwide’s SmartRide telematics program are distracted at least one time per day. Each of those times comes with an increased risk of being involved in a crash. A chronically distracted driver, which is one who’s on their phone five times per hour, is 70% more likely to be involved in a wreck than other drivers.
All distracted driving crashes are preventable because the driver could have simply paid attention to the road instead of trying to multitask. Anyone who’s injured by a distracted driver should ensure they get the medical care they need. This might be a costly undertaking, especially if the injuries are catastrophic.
Seeking compensation is possible for crashes caused by negligence, but Hawaii law limits how long you have to file the claim after the wreck. Working with someone familiar with these cases can help you to learn your options and get your case moving forward.