In December 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] issued the result of a survey on distracted drivers. In it, the survey noted that many drivers, particularly young drivers, feel that talking or texting on a cell phone does not make any difference in how effectively they drive.
The majority of those surveyed do support a ban on talking or texting on a cell phone while driving. This disconnect shows that people may feel that they are safely using their cell phones will driving, but don’t necessarily trust other people to do the same. This is surprising, since a 2009 NHTSA report stated that people who use a cell phone or handheld device are four times as likely to have an accident that caused themselves severe harm. That survey also found that nationally nearly 1,000 deaths and 24,000 injuries included cell phone use as the major distraction.
The use of a cell phone, whether it is being held or used with a hands-free device, has been found to slow a driver’s response time to the same as that of a driver whose blood alcohol level is the legal limit of .08%. While most people would never consider driving their car if they’ve had a few drinks, the majority of drivers think nothing of answering or making calls while driving. In fact, the 2011 NHTSA survey found that among drivers between the ages of 21 and 44, a minimum of 79% of drivers will always answer a cell phone call.
In light of these alarming stats, it is no secret distracted drivers using cell phones cause injuries and even death. If you or a loved one have been harmed by a distracted driver, it is important to discuss your case with a knowledgeable Tulsa car accident lawyer. While you have two years from the time of the accident to file your claim, it is important to obtain as much information as possible while the incident is still fresh in everyone’s mind.
Wandres Law, P.C. is an Oklahoma personal injury law firm located in Tulsa, OK. If you would like to discuss your personal injury claim due to a distracted driver accident, and find out how the injury attorneys of Wandres Law can help you, please call us at 918-641-4044 to schedule a free consultation. Our Oklahoma personal injury attorneys are ready to fight for what you deserve.