Motorists are well aware of the fact that
distracted driving places others on public roads at risk of being injured in preventable
auto accidents. Despite this, far too many motorists continue to engage
in distractions when behind the wheel. Unfortunately - as statistics make
clear - these distractions can contribute to car accidents that injure
or kill others.
No matter where your commute takes you, it’s likely that seeing a
distracted driver texting or talking on a cellphone is a daily occurrence.
As a new study from the National Safety Council makes clear, the prevalence
of cellphone use while driving has real and substantial consequences.
Here is some more information about the study:
Using crash reports, police reports, and other available data, NSC researchers
estimated that roughly 21% of all auto accidents were caused, at least
in part, by cellphone use. Researchers also noted that text messaging
while driving contributed to another 6 - 16% of accidents. Based on both
these statistics, researchers from the NSC are suggesting that
1 in 3 traffic collisions involve drivers using cellphones.
The study, while new, highlights what researchers and safety officials
have been stressing for years: using a cellphone while driving is dangerous
and it significantly increases one’s risk of being in an
car accident. Because a reasonable person would be aware of the risks involved with
texting or using a phone, their actions can be considered negligent should
they text or talk on the road. Negligence is a crucial element in victims’
personal injury claims, as it helps establish fault and liability.
Nevada is one of 45 states to
prohibit handheld cellphone use and text messaging for all drivers statewide. At Shook & Stone, our Las Vegas car accident
lawyers believe these laws are crucial to making our roads and highways
safer. We also believe that victims injured in accidents caused by distracted
drivers have every right to hold the negligent motorist accountable and
recover full compensation for their losses.
Shook & Stone has helped many injured victims and families whose lives
have been changed by negligent motorists, including motorists who were
using cellphones while driving. Our award-winning team is available to
answer any questions you may have during a