Research released by the Risk Institute has revealed important information about the impact of distracted driving on roadways throughout New York and the rest of the nation. Everything from cellphones and navigation screens takes eyes of the roads, leading to record numbers of collisions. In order to make people more aware of this problem, several organizations started the Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which takes place every April.
Drivers seem to overlook the risks of distracted driving for a variety of reasons. Studies show that overconfidence leads many drivers to risk accidents by looking at their cellphones. While most smartphones now have a do-not-disturb feature available, many people refuse to turn it on. Insurance discounts could ultimately encourage drivers to avoid distractions and concentrate on the road.
Research also indicates that cities can take steps to improve the safety of their roadways. For example, roundabouts have been shown to reduce crash severity, especially in regard to distracted driver crashes. Road environments that have a median or a shoulder with an asphalt pavement can also help prevent distracted driving accidents. Overall, it seems that multiple factors must be addressed to lower distracted driving crashes.
The victim of a car accident caused by distracted driving may be able to get compensation from the at-fault party. Medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, property damage and pain and suffering are all eligible for compensation. The first step is to contact an attorney who can evaluate the situation and decide if legal action is in the client’s best interests.