NHTSA Study Claims 10% of Fatal Crashes Involve Distracted Driving, St. Louis Personal Injury Law Firm Examines Dangers

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10 percent of all fatal car accidents in the nation involved distracted driving in 2010, while 18 percent of injury accidents involved the reckless action, a statistic that has the legal team at Page Law concerned for the safety of all Missouri drivers.

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A recently-released study by the NHTSA found that vehicle crashes that involved distracted driving resulted in 416,000 injuries and 3,092 deaths. Additionally, five percent of truck drivers involved in fatal accidents were reported as distracted while seven percent of passenger car drivers in fatal crashes were distracted. Cell phone distraction was reported as involved in408 deaths and 24,000 injuries. Drivers who were younger than 20 years old and drivers from age 20 to 29 were reported to be the largest age groups involved in fatal distracted driving crashes.

Distracted Driving Brings Danger to All Drivers
Distracting actions that were listed by the NHTSA as most common causes of accidents included daydreaming, distracted by a person or object outside the vehicle, talking on a cell phone, and using a cell phone in some other way. Despite various laws prohibiting distracted behavior such as cell phone use, distracted drivers continue to be a frequent cause of accidents throughout the nation.

The Serious Risk of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is an extremely dangerous occurrence on the road as those who do such actions often cause the worst possible crashes. Due to distraction, drivers will not execute safety maneuvers such as braking or swerving in order to prevent or minimize the impact of a crash. Often, distracted drivers will not be aware of oncoming hazards until the instant they collide with them. Safe driving requires complete attention in order to adjust properly in relation to potential dangers and the ever-changing conditions of roads. Common distractions include cell phone use, changing the radio, talking with occupants, and daydreaming. Any and all of these can result in the three forms of distraction: manual (hands off the wheel), visual (eyes off the road), and cognitive (mind off of driving). It only takes a few seconds for distraction to cause a disastrous accident.

Committing to Justice and Recovery for Injured Victims
At Page Law, St. Louis car accident attorneys have years of experience proving fault and finding compensation for all injured victims. Dedicated and experienced legal representation has not only brought success for John Page and the entire legal team at Page Law, but widespread recognition. John Page has been rated as a “Preeminent Lawyer” by Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Peer Review Rating and made a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Additionally, Page Law was named “One of Missouri’s Most Winningest Law Firms” for their rate of success and degree of compensation for injured clients. At Page Law, the rights and needs of injured victims come first, with each member of the legal team devoting the sum total of their experience to giving each client’s case the best chance for success.

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