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You would never consider driving the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour while blind-folded. However, that is exactly what happens when you text while driving. According to the Official US Government Website for Distracted Driving, distracted driving is defined as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.”
In 2010, there were 3,092 deaths in motor vehicle crashes caused by a distracted driver and nearly 416,000 people were injured. In the United States, 25 percent of drivers admitted that they “regularly or fairly often” talk on their cell phones while behind the wheel. In the 18 to 29 year-old driver category, 75 percent admitted to talking on their cell phone while driving at least once in the past thirty days and almost 40 percent reported cell phone usage “regularly or fairly often.” Texting while driving is particularly dangerous because texting requires manual, cognitive, and visual attention. The knowledgeable motor vehicle crash attorneys at The Bendinelli Law Firm have extensive experience handling distracted driving crashes in Colorado and can advocate for you. We’ll help you get compensation to pay for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. We may be able to help you even if you don’t have health insurance.
What is distracted driving?
Most drivers in Colorado usually consider texting and talking on a cell phone as distracted driving, but some of the most mundane and seemingly innocent activities can also be a distraction while driving, such as talking to passengers and adjusting the radio, CD player or iPod.
Other distracting activities include:
- Eating and drinking
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Reading, including maps
- Grooming (applying make-up, shaving, etc.)
In Colorado, all drivers are prohibited from texting while driving and novice drivers are prohibited from using a cell phone while driving.
Many distracted drivers know the risks involved, but choose to ignore the warnings. Other distracted drivers feel the pressure to stay in touch with work, their families, and friends and some are simply unaware of the risks associated with distracted driving. However, like drunk driving, distracted driving is 100 percent preventable.
If you’ve been injured due to the reckless and negligent actions of a driver who has chosen to text and drive, talk on a cell phone while driving, or any other distracted driving behavior, The Bendinelli Law Firm, P.C. is here to help you. It’s important that you speak with one of our Denver personal injury lawyers as soon as possible after your distracted driving crash in order to protect your rights. We can help you recover damages for your economic and non-economic loss.
The Dangers of Distracted Driving
- Texting, whether sending or receiving, takes on average 4.6 seconds (the time it takes to drive the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour)
- Using a cell phone while driving lowers the brain activity related to driving by 37 percent
- Crashes involving texting are 23 times worse than non-distracted crashes
- Drivers using a cell phone are 4 time more likely to get into a crash that results in a serious injury
- Reaction time while driving and using a cell phone (hand-held or hands-free) is the same as driving drunk (.08 percent blood alcohol concentration)
- 16 percent of all distracted driving crashes can be attributed to drivers under the age of 20
- During daylight hours, there are approximately 800,000 distracted drivers using a cell phone on the roadways at any given time
The distracted driving crash attorneys at The Bendinelli Law Firm have the understanding, knowledge and experience necessary for these difficult cases. We tell our clients- we want you to concentrate on the important things: recovering from your injuries and returning to your day-to-day life, while our attorneys take care of the complicated legal issues and deal with the insurance company.
Put our experience to work for you and contact us today at (720) 457-6833 for your confidential and free initial consultation.