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Distracted Driving Accident

State Farm Survey Finds Drivers Still Think Distraction is a Problem

By John Page on November 20, 2012 - Comments off

State Farm Insurance recently released the results of its 2012 survey of nearly 1,000 drivers. The survey asked drivers about distractions behind the wheel, including whether drivers used their cell phones or other mobile devices while driving and what they thought about the state of distracted-driving laws in the U.S.

Survey Distracted DrivingWhen compared to last year’s survey results, the 2012 survey revealed that while texting and talking behind the wheel are going down, “webbing,” or checking the Internet while driving, is going up. Nearly 50 percent of those surveyed admitted to checking e-mail, reading social media sites, or even updating their Facebook or Twitter as they drove. This habit was highest among young drivers, ages 18-29, although a significant number of drivers in their 30s admitted to both checking e-mail and talking on the phone while they drove.

About 75 percent of those surveyed thought that state laws banning or limiting distractions behind the wheel – including texting and handheld cell phone use – were a good idea. About two-thirds, or 66 percent, said they didn’t think states were doing enough to enforce the distracted driving laws they already have. Also, about 45 percent strongly supported technology that would prevent texting or talking on a handheld device by a driver.

Distracted driving needs only a few seconds to cause catastrophic injuries or even take a life. If you’ve been seriously hurt by a distracted driver, the St. Louis County distracted driving accident lawyers at Page Law can help you fight to hold any negligent parties accountable for the harm you have suffered. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a confidential case evaluation.

 

Even While Looking at the Road, Drivers May be Distracted

By John Page on July 3, 2012 - Comments off

A recent study released by the National Safety Council (NSC) shows that driver distraction is a much larger problem than merely not looking at the road. A driver’s brain may not be registering key pieces of information even if he or she is looking at the roadway.

Over 285.6 million people in the U.S. currently have a cell phone, and about 11 percent of drivers are talking on their cell phones at any one time, according to the NSC. Car accidents cause as many as 46,000 deaths and 2.2 million injuries each year.

Drivers and government bodies have long been aware of the risks of taking one’s eyes off the road to dial a cell phone or to text. Many states have banned texting while driving and/or using a handheld cell phone, hoping that this will improve distraction. However, studies of hands-free cell phone use have found that even when the driver’s eyes never leave the road, the brain’s processing power may still be consumed by the content of the phone conversation. With one’s attention on the call and not the road, the driver can easily miss key events, such as a red light or someone pulling out in front of them, and cause a crash.

Driver distractions can cause serious accidents and take lives. If you or someone you love has been harmed by a distracted driver, a trained St. Louis County distracted driving accident lawyer at Page Law can help. To talk to us about your distracted driving accident free of charge, call us today at (314) 322-8515.

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Young Drivers Most Likely to Use Cell Phones While on the Road, Study Finds

By John Page on June 7, 2012 - Comments off

A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that young drivers are more likely to be in accidents overall and more likely to be in distracted-driving accidents involving cell phones. However, young drivers were also more likely to think that talking on a cell phone, texting, or sending e-mails while driving affected their driving safety.

The study surveyed several hundred drivers of all ages. The results showed that about 17 percent of motorists ages 15-19 suffer an accident each year, more than twice the number in the next age group (20-29) and more than four times the rate of drivers over age 30. Thirteen percent of teen drivers reported using a cell phone while driving in the past year, compared to ten percent of drivers between 20 and 29 and six percent of drivers overall.

Teen drivers seemed more aware of the possible risks of using a cell phone while driving, however. More teen drivers reported slowing down or drifting out of their lane when they used a cell phone while driving than older drivers did. Teen drivers were also less likely to say cell phone use had “no difference” on their driving safety; 20 percent in the NHTSA’s survey said there was “no difference,” compared to 29 percent of drivers over age 20.

Distracted driving can cause serious injuries no matter how young or old the drivers are. If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver, the experienced distracted driving car accident lawyers in St. Louis at Page Law can help you dig through the details and get the compensation you need to make the best possible recovery. To learn more about your legal options after a crash, call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free consultation.

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Friends Help Prevent Friends from Texting and Driving, Study Finds

By John Page on May 4, 2012 - Comments off

A recent survey performed by the Ad Council found that teenagers cite their friends as their number-one influence when it comes to driving safety, for better or worse. The findings show that young drivers are more likely to engage in dangerous distracted driving tasks, like texting or making cell phone calls, if their friends do the same things.

The survey asked drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 to rank a list of influences that affect how likely they are to text and drive. Forty-four percent of the surveyed drivers said that friends were the strongest influence, followed by parents (33 percent). Over 60 percent of respondents said that they have texted while driving in the past, and over half of this group said they will keep doing it, even though they’re aware that texting can result in a fatal car accident.

In addition to peer pressure, a large majority of young drivers stated that legal or financial penalties would make them think twice about texting while driving. Eighty-eight percent said that a law prohibiting texting while driving would make them stop, while 96 percent said that fines, increased auto insurance premiums, and other financial penalties would make them stop.

Distracted driving is especially treacherous for young drivers, who are still developing the skills needed to operate a vehicle safely. At Page Law, our St. Louis distracted driving injury attorneys can help you get the compensation you need if a distracted driver has hurt you or taken the life of someone you love. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free, confidential consultation.

 

Cell Phone Use of All Types May Increase Risk of Distracted-Driver Accidents

By John Page on April 12, 2012 - Comments off

Distracted Driving Dangers St. LouisThe sharp increase in distracted-driving accidents caused by drivers texting while driving or operating hand-held cell phones has prompted many states, including Missouri, to ban texting, hand-held cell phone use, or both on their roads. However, any kind of cell phone use may increase the risk of causing a distracted-driving accident up to four times, according to research from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The safest option is to avoid using or answering your phone until the vehicle is safely parked.

One study found that people talking on cell phones are four times more likely to cause an accident, regardless of whether they are using a hands-free device or holding onto the cell phone. The act of talking on a cell phone distracts the brain from the multi-tasking, attention-intensive skills required to drive a motor vehicle safely. Merely keeping both hands on the steering wheel is not enough to make up for the loss of mental focus.

Other studies indicate that looking up phone numbers, checking an incoming text or tweet, manipulating an app, or just using the phone in any way may increase the risk of an auto accident. Any use of a cell phone in a car takes the eyes, brain, and sometimes hands off the task of driving. Even a distraction of a few seconds can lead to a crash.

Distracted driving can and does cause serious injuries and deaths on U.S. roads every year. Any kind of distraction may cause an accident. If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver who was using their cell phone, please don’t hesitate to call the experienced St. Louis cell phone accident attorneys at Page Law. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (314) 322-8515.

 

Federal Guidelines Aim to Reduce Driver Distraction

By John Page on March 8, 2012 - Comments off

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced several new guidelines aimed at reducing driver distraction. These guidelines are written for auto manufacturers and discuss devices that aren’t required for the safe operation of the vehicle, but which are included in many vehicles as an option to make drivers’ lives easier.

The most common of these is the built-in visual computer interface, which appears in the dashboards of many passenger vehicles. These devices do everything from show the back-up view of the vehicle to provide GPS maps, radio controls, and more. According to the NHTSA, however, they can be just as distracting as hand-held devices, and they aren’t required in order to safely drive or to navigate safely to one’s destination.

The NHTSA guidelines don’t require manufacturers to take these devices out of vehicles, but they strongly recommend changing how they work so that drivers don’t have to look away from the road, use two hands, or read through many complicated prompts to use them – all things that cause distraction and increase the risk of accidents. For instance, the guidelines recommending limiting the amount of time the average driver needs to read the screen to two seconds or less.

Driver distraction causes thousands of accidents nationwide every year, many of which are fatal. Even those that survive a distracted-driver crash often suffer serious injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured by a distracted driver, don’t wait: call an experienced St. Louis auto accident lawyer at Page Law today. Our number is (314) 322-8515, and your initial telephone consultation is free and confidential.

 

Should Insurers Stop Paying for Texting and Driving Crashes?

By John Page on January 13, 2012 - Comments off

Distracted driving of all kinds increases the risk of serious auto accidents, and texting while driving can be particularly dangerous. Many states have already banned texting while driving, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling for a nationwide ban on the use of cell phones and other handheld devices while driving.

Another suggestion is that insurers should stop paying for accidents caused by drivers who were texting, regardless of whether or not the state has banned texting while driving. Proponents suggest that, if drivers knew they didn’t have insurance coverage if they got into an accident while texting, they wouldn’t text.

Opponents of this idea, however, point out that it is unfair not only to people who buy insurance, but also to innocent people injured in texting-while-driving accidents who don’t have insurance of their own. First, the insurance contract is generally understood to be a private agreement between the buyer and the insurer; if the insurer says it will cover accidents no matter how they are caused, it may make and keep this promise, even if the driver was texting.

Second, pedestrians, bicyclists, and others are often covered by a driver’s insurance if they are injured by that driver. If a texting driver hits a person on a bicycle, for instance, the bicyclist’s medical bills may be covered by the driver’s insurer. Some insurers have pointed out that it would be unfair to the bicyclist – who had no control over the driver’s texting – to say “sorry, but this driver was texting, so you’re out of luck.”

The solution to the problem of distracted driving is still under debate, but we know without a doubt that those injured in distracted driving accidents need medical care and support. If you’ve been hurt by a distracted driver, the experienced Missouri distracted driving accident attorneys at Page Law can help. To learn more about your legal rights and options after a crash, call Page Law today at (314) 322-8515 for a free and confidential consultation.

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