The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests that distraction plays a role in a significant number of car accidents. Defining distraction as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving,” the NHTSA suggest distraction is a factor in a combined total of 36 percent of accidents that result in injury or death.
If you or a loved one have been injured by a distracted driver, you need an experienced car accident attorney on your side as soon as possible. Tennessee personal injury attorney Herbert Thornbury can investigate your accident to see if distraction was a factor and is ready to take your case as far as necessary to get you every penny you are due.
If you live in Tennessee and are in need of an aggressive car accident lawyer, please call (423) 443-3973 to schedule a free consultation at our Chattanooga office.
What is Distracted Driving?
Cellphone use is the most commonly cited form of distracted driving, and with good reason. Sending a text while driving creates a crash risk 23 times higher than paying attention to the road. This is why texting while driving is illegal in Tennessee. However, cellphone use is far from the only type of distraction that increases the risk of serious accidents.
Activities that can divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving and place everyone else on the road at risk include:
- Texting and Cell Phone Use
- Changing a radio station or CD
- Adjusting an MP3 player or GPS
- Eating or drinking
- Personal grooming
- Watching a video
- Reading billboards
Even daydreaming can be a cause of distraction and increase a person's risk for causing an accident. There is also evidence to show that utilziing hands-free systems while driivng is just as distracting as hand-held devices.
No matter what type of distraction leads to an injury, the responsible party must be held liable. Attorney Thornbury is prepared to hold all negligent parties accountable and fight tooth and nail for the justice you are due.