Distracted Driving Defined

Distracted Driving10The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has officially declared April of every year as the month in which national recognition will be paid to the very real problem of distracted driving that has adversely affected hundreds of thousands of people throughout the U.S. for a number of years now. According to its definition, distracted driving is considered to be any activity that could fundamentally divert a person’s attention from where it should be: on the road. The primary task of every driver is to pay proper attention to the road, and when external factors are involved, it is more than easy for the operator of a vehicle to be distracted beyond the point of being able to practice safe driving behaviors. This is especially true given the number of new technologies that have been offered to drivers, many of which are effective in distracting drivers from what should be their primary focus.

Woman Driving And Texting Hits PedestrianThere are many activities which could successfully divert a driver’s attention from the road, and it only takes a couple of seconds before a distraction turns into a major accident that could result in catastrophic injuries. Among the most common types of distraction are cell phone use (talking or texting), eating or drinking, talking to passengers, and using navigation systems. Other things that could cause interruption to a driver’s attention to the road are reading maps, adjusting the radio or some other type of media outlet; grooming has even been found to lead to interrupted driving. While any or all of these things may seem minor at the time, it is too easy for a vehicle operator to be distracted by these behaviors, and it even easier for said distractions to result in an injury accident, or a fatality accident in the worst case scenario.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2009 more than 5,000 drivers and passengers were killed in a car crash that was caused by a distracted driver. Estimates speculate that more than 445,000 victims were injured in an accident of this nature. Included in the statistics released by NHTSA were facts reporting that 20% of all injury crashes in 2009 were the result of distracted driving, and 16% of all fatality crashes were the results of similar bad driving habits. One of the biggest culprits of the problem is believed to be texting while driving – a behavior that is engaged in billions of times per month by drivers throughout the U.S. If you’re looking for more tips, this post have it for you.

Some of the biggest perpetrators of this problem are teen drivers who are more likely than other age groups to be involved in a fatal crash that reportedly include some type of distraction. Among teen and adult drivers alike, those who text and drive are 23 times more likely to be involved in a collision and hand-held device users are 4 times more likely to be involved in an injury crash of some sort. The number of ways in which a person could be harmed is staggering to say the least, especially considering the fact that collisions caused by a distracted driver are ones that could have been avoided altogether. As part of this month’s national awareness of distracted driving, vehicle operators in every state are encouraged to read up on the dangers inherent practices of this nature and take the time to implement safer driving behaviors than the ones they currently employ.

Ensure Your Car Accident Claim Compensation

washington-car-accident-injury-attorneys1.PAIN

You should receive money for the pain you have experienced and will experience in the future. Pain is rated as Severe, Moderate, Slight and Minimal. It is either constant or intermittent. Chronic pain is pain that will last for a long time or the rest of a person’s life. Chronic pain is usually the most important part of your damages. It is difficult to place a monetary value on pain. Without the element of future pain your claim for damages relating to pain may have little value. Check out what steps ensure your car accident claim is properly handled.

2.SUFFERING

You should receive money damages for the suffering you have experienced and will experience in the future. Changes in life style, depression, anxiety, neurosis and problems with relationships frequently result from accidents and injuries. It is difficult to place a value on suffering. However, you should be compensated for your suffering.

3.LOSS OF ENJOYMENT OF LIFE

You should receive money damages for the loss of enjoyment of life that you have suffered as a result of your injuries. Loss of enjoyment of life includes the things that you used to do before the accident, that you can no longer do, have a difficult time doing, or temporarily can no longer do, because of the accident. Examples of loss of enjoyment of life are: hobbies, sporting activities, dancing, going to dinner or the movies, intimate relations with a spouse or significant other, spending quality time with children, spouses, friends, or significant other, etc. Loss of enjoyment of life includes all of the things in your life that you used to do, but cannot do, have a hard time doing, or have temporarily been unable to do. You should be compensated for loss of enjoyment of life.

traffic-accident-2000x10004.LOSS OF INCOME

You should receive money damages for any loss of income you suffer as a result of the accident. If you will lose income in the future the amount of the loss will be calculated. However, future income losses must be reasonably certain to occur. Loss of earning capacity is either you temporary inability to work or a permanent disability restricting your ability to be competitive in the job market. A reasonable value for the loss of earning capacity should be paid by the defense.

5.EXPENSES

You should receive money damages for all reasonable and necessary expenses for which you paid, or became obligated to pay, as a result of the accident. The defense is obligated to pay for both past and future expenses. However, as in Loss of Income, the future loss must be reasonably certain to occur.

Avoid Traffic Ticket Problems

dreamstime_s_102835388Most people don’t like to deal with traffic tickets. The process of dealing with them whether you are guilty or innocent can be difficult. Avoiding these tickets completely is the best strategy since you won’t have to go through this long and time consuming process to get rid of them.

The first thing that you need to take care of is your paperwork and tags that you need. Update your license so that it’s valid. Get auto insurance and make sure that you have your card with you in your car. Make sure your tags are up to date. If your state requires any other things on your car like an inspection sticker, put these on. The reason is that typically you will have more of a chance of being pulled over for minor offenses if something on your car is not up to date. Also when pulled over, you will get more tickets if these are not properly updated. Click here to find what are the most important driving laws in Florida.

Another strategy is to be cautious. If you aren’t sure what the speed limit is, for example, drive a bit slower than some of the other cars that are around you. This will ensure that you aren’t the one that gets pulled out of the group of cars and gets a ticket.

Some people today are using technology to help avoid tickets. This isn’t using radar detectors that may or may not be legal in certain areas. Some are using cell phone and GPS applications. These have maps that are marked with common speed traps in the area. Users find speed traps and put them on the map for others to take note of. These warnings will be a constant reminder to continue to drive as safely as possible.