Distracted Driving Accidents in Reno, NV
Experienced Insight from Reno Car Accident Lawyers
Distracted drivers are not a new addition to American roads and highways, but they are definitely increasing in numbers. With the amazing technological innovations in electronics and personal devices, there are more distractions and temptations available to drivers than ever before. As a result, distracted driving car accidents have exploded into a near epidemic, injuring and killing nearly as many drivers, passengers and pedestrians as drunk driving accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) more than 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and an additional 416,000 people were injured in 2010. Any activity that diverts a person's attention away from the primary task of driving is considered distracted driving.
- Using a cell phone or smart phone
- Eating and drinking
- Personal grooming and hygiene
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps and navigation systems
- Adjusting a radio, cd player or mp3 player
Distracted drivers put the lives of everyone on the roads at risk. In addition to the numerous car accidents, driver distraction also commonly plays a role in truck accidents, bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents. No matter which type of accident you were involved in, an experienced car accident lawyer can evaluate your case to determine how distracted driving contributed to your incident. Our firm represents victims of car accidents in Reno and Carson City, as well as throughout Nevada.
Nevada Texting While Driving Statistics & Laws
As cell phone use and instant communication have become a part of daily life for Americans, texting while behind the wheel has also increased. Many experts agree that texting while driving is the most alarming form of distracted driving because text messaging requires the visual, manual and cognitive attention of drivers. In fact, a study conducted by Carnegie Mellon claims that driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%. It is also estimated that drivers who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident. On the streets or highways, these can lead to devastating consequences, including an increased potential for catastrophic injuries and wrongful death.
These statistics have recently led to new legislation in Nevada. As of January 1st, 2012, Nevada passed two laws directly banning the use of cell phone and texting while driving. As dangerous and illegal acts, texting while driving can result in hefty fines and possible license suspensions. Although these efforts are a step in the right direction, anyone who travels by car knows that many people still use their phones behind the wheel. At Shook & Stone, we want to give victims injured by distracted drivers a voice that can not only help them obtain the compensation they deserve, but to also show that distracted driving and texting while driving is extremely dangerous and should never be tolerated.
85 Years of Experience on Your Side
Our attorneys have more than 85 years of experience and have accumulated a great deal of insight in distracted driving cases and how these accidents can impact the lives of victims and their families. As the nation ramps up their efforts to combat this dangerous practice, we too want to do our part by helping victims file personal injury claims that will hold distracted drivers liable for their negligence. If your or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident caused by a distracted driver, contact a Reno car accident attorney at our firm today.