Distracted driving is a major cause of pedestrian accidents, and without a doubt, technology creates even more distractions for those behind the wheel. From checking social media to answering calls, today’s drivers are more distracted than ever. Research suggests that sending just a basic text message takes on average five seconds, and when traveling at 55 miles per hour, a vehicle travels approximately 100 yards in that time. That’s 100 yards of your eyes being off the road.
Our busy lifestyles also contribute to distracted driving, with many drivers exceeding the speed limit to get to their destination quicker.
Distracted driving also happens when truck drivers are impaired, for example when they have been driving for too long and as a result, become tired. This is known as driver fatigue.
There are then drivers who put both other drivers on the road and pedestrians at great risk by driving under the influence of alcohol. Despite the fact that the at-fault party will face criminal charges for drunk driving, as a victim, you may face a painful recovery, medical bills, and even post-traumatic stress, all at the expense of someone else’s negligence.