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Auto Accidents and Distracted Drivers

Mon 11th Dec, 2017 Personal Injury

Injuries caused by auto accidents and distracted drivers are on the rise. The more advances that are made in technology, the more likely it is that a driver will become distracted while behind the wheel. Driving and texting is a deadly combination and can cause life-changing injuries. But there are other types of distracted driving that take place on the roadways.

An experienced car accident lawyer will hold the responsible party accountable for the injuries caused. The Stockton, CA and Sacramento, CA attorneys at McKinley, Conger, Jolley & Galarneau, LLP help injured victims recover compensation after car accidents. We know how severe the injuries from distracted driving can be, and work with you to develop a case that is designed to provide maximum compensation.

What Is Distracted Driving?

Most people think of texting and driving as the only form of distracted driving. And, while texting and driving may be the most common form of distracted driving, there are other ways a driver can become distracted.

Other common circumstances that lead to distracted driving behavior are:

  • Reading or responding to an email.
  • Entering an address in a GPS system.
  • Tuning or programming the radio.
  • Disciplining children.
  • Engaging in conversation with the person seated in the passenger seat.
  • Playing games or opening apps on a smartphone.
  • Reading directions or other papers.
  • Reaching to the back seat to retrieve an item.

Why Distracted Driving Is Dangerous

Any time a driver takes his or her eyes off of the road, the risk of an accident increases. In those few seconds, a serious accident can happen.

Statistics on fatal or severe accidents involving distracted driving show that over 3,300 people have lost their lives to a distracted driving accident and over 380,000 injuries are the result of a distracted driver.

Of particular concern is the youngest group of drivers on the road. It is important for these drivers to take steps to limit the use of a cell phone or other devices when driving.

What Types of Injuries Are Caused by Distracted Driving?

Car accidents cause all types of injuries, but with distracted driving cases, the injuries tend to be more severe. This is likely due to the lack of time to take corrective measures because a distracted driver is not paying enough attention to driving conditions.

The result may be an overcorrection of a vehicle, which can cause a rollover accident. Distracted drivers may also collide with a stopped vehicle while going at full speed. A rollover and a high rate of speed impact accident causes significant head and neck trauma, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and even death.

Who to Ask for Help with a Distracted Driving Accident Case

If you have been in an accident with a distracted driver, the attorneys at the Law Offices of McKinley, Conger, Jolley & Galarneau, LLP can help. We focus on helping people hurt in accidents obtain the medical care needed to maximize their recovery. Let us help you today. Contact us online or call our office at  209-477-8171.

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