Causes of Car Accidents
Driver distractions are a leading cause of car accidents in just about every state in the U.S. And, the number and type of driver distractions continues to rise with the increase in use of mobile devices and Wi-Fi connected devices.
Types of Driver Distractions That Cause Accidents
Driver distractions are primarily classified as being:
- visual distractions (when a driver takes their eyes off of the road)
- cognitive distractions (when a driver’s mind is not focused on driving and instead is thinking about other things)
- manual distractions (when a driver removes their hands from the steering wheel while the vehicle is in operation)
All types of driver distractions are dangerous and can result in serious, even fatal, car accidents. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 80% of motor vehicle crashes are due to driver distractions. In addition, young drivers are especially susceptible to distractions while driving, with texting and cell phone use being popular and yet exceptionally dangerous activities that cause accidents.
Wisconsin Laws About Texting and Cell Phone Use While Driving
In an attempt to control driver distractions and reduce the number of automobile accidents caused by inappropriate cell phone use, Wisconsin has enacted legislation that makes it illegal to text while driving. And, while it is not illegal for experienced drivers to talk on hand-held mobile devices while driving in Wisconsin, it is illegal for new/novice drivers to do so.
Other Driver Distractions
Talking on the phone and texting while driving are far from the only driver distractions that cause accidents. Here are other common driver distractions that cause car accidents every day:
- Eating while driving
- Putting on makeup
- Reading while driving
- Reaching inside a car for something
- Changing radio stations or music accessories
- Coping with an unsecured pet
Free Legal Consultations for Driver Distraction-related Car Accidents
If a distracted driver has injured you or someone you love in a car accident, you are entitled to compensation for losses due to medical bills, lost wages and more. For a free legal consultation to better understand your case and your options, call car accident attorney Karl Gebhard. He will act swiftly to help you protect your rights and build your lawsuit. All services offered on a contingency basis.
For your free consultation, call today at 414-873-6550.