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Norcross Wrongful Death Attorney | Distracted Driving and Wrongful Death

Everyone knows distracted driving is dangerous, but it doesn’t stop people from doing it. The problem has also intensified with the advancements made in technology.  Between texting, entering your destination onto your GPS, and maybe even surfing the internet, today there are so many ways for drivers to be distracted.

Recently, the National Traffic and Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released some alarming statistics that illustrate just how dangerous distracted driving really is.  Firstly, in 2011, there was a total 3,331 roadway fatalities as well as 387,000 injuries that involved an accident with a distracted driver, and in 2010, nearly 20% of all injuries sustained from car accidents was a result of distraction-affected accidents.  These numbers are especially disturbing when you consider the fact that distraction-affected accidents are actually completely avoidable.  The reason why distraction-affected accidents occur is because the driver wasn’t focused on the task at hand: driving.

Distracted driving is particularly problematic for teen drivers.  Perhaps it is the combination of their inexperience on the road as well as their attachment to their phones, but the NHTSA reports that 11% of all teen drivers in fatal accidents were distracted at the time of the collision.  Furthermore, 40% of teenagers believe they have seen their friends use their cell phones while driving in a way that increases the risk of an accident.

Of course, cell phone use isn’t the only form of distraction to us drivers.  Eating, changing the music, grooming, and etc. all interferes with our driving as well.  As I mentioned earlier, distraction-affected accidents can be avoided.  The responsibility simply lies in us as drivers on the road.

If you have lost a loved one in a distraction-affected accident, please contact the Norcross wrongful death attorneys at Kim Law LLC.  I presume you have several questions running through your head, such as who exactly can pursue a wrongful death claim.  Kim Law LLC offers free consultations and our attorneys will be more than happy to assist you with your claim.  We have two offices located in Duluth and Atlanta for your convenience.  If you are in need of immediate assistance, please feel free to browse our blog.