Distracted driving can lead to horrific injuries that can prove fatal for drivers, their passengers and others involved. Results of car accidents can include a totaled vehicle, significant injuries and even fatalities.
Unfortunately, despite these results, many drivers are not scared into being more vigilant behind the wheel. In the U.S., approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured in car accidents each day as a result of distracted driving.
Here are some causes of distracted driving that can lead to fatal accidents:
Driving Under the Influence
Using substances that impair judgment can hinder a driver’s ability to judge distance, speed and can also cause drivers to ignore pedestrians along with other hazards. When people think of “driving under the influence,” they usually think of alcohol. However, driving under the influence can include prescription or recreational drugs, which can seriously affect a driver’s judgment.
Inebriated drivers can hit someone with their vehicle, crash into other cars, veer off the road and even drive off a cliff to their death.
Eating/Drinking while Driving
While it is hard to resist eating and drinking while driving, reaching for food and drinks while driving takes your eyes off the road. A split second is all it takes for you to lose control of your car and end up in a potentially life-threatening accident where you can incur hefty court fines, or worse – a lawsuit.
Long drives on roads with little to no traffic can make your mind wander. Daydreaming drivers are not focused on the road. When a driver takes their mind off the task of defensive driving, it takes longer to react, and drivers may not be able to quickly stop. Whether you are the victim of a distracted driver or a driver who was wrongfully accused of distracted driving and need a Georgia personal injury attorney, Shani O. Brooks can help. We represent injured victims throughout Georgia and are known for giving each case our complete focus and dedication. Contact us for a free consultation.