The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a new video to be used in a campaign against distracted driving. The new thirty second video focuses on the dangerous risk of texting while driving.
In the video, there a group of young people all riding together in a car. The driver’s phone beeps to notify her that she has a text message. As she looks down to check it and text back, she fails to stop at a stop sign. As a result, a truck collides with their vehicle causing it to roll over and ending in a deadly result. The end of the video shows a police man pick up the drivers cell phone and say “Nobody likes to be stopped by police. But if I had seen her texting while driving, it just might have saved her life.”
See the video below.
Too gruesome of an ad? Many people find this video to be disturbing, however the fact of the matter is that texting while driving is an ongoing deadly problem that particularly young drivers should be aware of.
According to distraction.gov, in 2012 approximately 421,000 people were injured in an auto accident that involved a distracted driver. This was a nine percent increase over 2011.
In addition, the average time a driver has his or her eyes off the road while texting is five seconds. Depending on how fast a vehicle is traveling, a lot of ground could be covered within five seconds.
There are many forms of distractions that can take place when a driver is behind the wheel, including talking to passengers, eating, adjusting the radio or GPS, however texting is one of the most dangerous due to the fact that it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver.
Legal Rights of A Victim Injured in a Michigan Distracted Driving Car Accident
Persons injured in a Michigan car accident due to a negligent driver driving while distracted do have legal rights. The injured victim has legal right to pursue claims for personal injuries and no-fault insurance benefits. No-fault insurance benefits include payment of medical expenses, lost wages, attendant care, and other benefits.
The injured car accident victim can also make a personal injury claim against the distracted negligent driver for pain and suffering damages. This can include physical pain and suffering, but also emotional pain and suffering as well.
For more information about your rights call our top rated Michigan car accident lawyers today at (800) 606-1717 or simply fill out the Get Help Now Box to the right of this page. One of our award winning lawyers will be in contact with you shortly.