April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Sadly, distracted driving is a real problem, not only in Arizona but nationally as well. It is not uncommon for a person who is failing to pay attention when behind the wheel to be involved in a car crash. Unfortunately, many such incidents often result in serious injuries or even fatalities.
When driving, one's attention should be at the task at hand. However, numerous individuals spend little time focusing on this primary task. Instead, many drivers can be seen doing a variety of other things, such as:
- Talking on cell phones
- Playing with the radio or navigation device
- Interacting with passengers
- Eating or drinking
All of these activities, and various others, can take one's focus from the road. Even if one's eye are removed from the road for a few seconds, that is all it takes for an accident to happen. Sadly, hundreds of thousands of individuals are hurt a year because of distracted driving, and an average of 3,000 people die in accidents that can be attributed to such behaviors.
Those in Arizona who have been injured or lost loved ones in distracted driving car accidents may have legal recourse. Civil claims may be filed against the driver deemed responsible, the vehicle owner or the estate of the responsible driver if he or she fails to survive. Such claims may be awarded monetary damages for any and all recoverable losses suffered in a car crash if negligence can be established to the satisfaction of the court.
Source: endd.org, "Learn the Facts About Distracted Driving", Accessed on April 17, 2016