How Distracted Are You Behind The Wheel?
January 22, 2020
Distracted Driving Is a Serious Safety Concern
When we think of distracted driving, we usually think of someone driving while texting on their smartphone. It’s true that this is the most common form of distracted driving on New Mexican roadways. In fact, many states, including New Mexico, have implemented new laws in order to limit or ban cellphone behind the wheel entirely. Holding a cellphone while driving is dangerous enough, but texting has created an even larger public safety concern. When a driver sends or reads text messages in the driver’s seat, their eyes are off the road for around five seconds. This is more than enough time to cause a serious car accident.
The Many Forms of Distracted Driving
However, cellphone use isn’t the only distraction we need to worry about on the state’s roadways. Distracted driving can potentially take many forms. Please, take a moment to think back about how many of these actions you have done yourself while operating a car during the last few months:
- Using a GPS
- Changing the radio station
- Adjusting the air conditioning
- Eating or reaching for a beverage
- Focusing on things inside or outside the vehicle
- Driving while drowsy
- Petting a dog
I think we can all agree that there’s too much going on inside the car -- much more than there should be. The ultimate message about distracted driving is that drivers should keep their eyes and focus on the road, no matter what is going in or out of the vehicle. If it’s important enough to cause a distraction, it’s important enough for you to pull over. For more critical information and resources on distracted driving and how you can do your part to prevent serious crashes, visit distraction.gov today.
If you have been injured in a collision caused by a distracted driver, be sure that you reach out to a qualified New Mexico personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options.
Distracted Driving Accidents in Albuquerque
Distracted driving is a growing concern across the country, and New Mexico is no exception. On average, 1,000 people are injured and 9 killed each day in distracted driving collisions. 4,000 people were killed by distracted drivers in 2014. An estimated 8.5 percent of all fatal collisions in 2019 was believed to be caused by driver distraction.
When the attention of a driver is diverted from the task of driving, it’s referred to as distracted driving. We all know that there are serious consequences associated with driver distraction, with cellphone use being the most common form of distraction behind the wheel. In the event of a crash, injured victims should contact a qualified New Mexico personal injury lawyer to see if they’re eligible for lost compensation.
The legal team at Will Ferguson & Associates is here to help you protect your right to compensation. Our attorneys understand the law and can help increase your chances of a successful personal injury claim. Call us today at (505) 243-5566 to discuss your case.