Fort Collins Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys
Getting behind the wheel of a car is one of the biggest responsibilities most people will ever have, yet many drivers fail to appreciate the dangerous machine they control. Even a small car is a few thousand pounds of metal and plastic that can travel at speeds too fast for any human to run. While we all know the dangers of driving while intoxicated, far too many drivers allow themselves to become distracted behind the wheel.
The presence of common distractions is no excuse for poor driving, however, and the damage that distracted drivers cause to other people can be catastrophic. That is why it is so important to hold these drivers accountable for their actions through a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a collision with a distracted driver, call the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, to speak to a Fort Collins car accident lawyer at (970) 212-4777.
In our experience, the four distractions that cause the most crashes are:
- Getting lost in thought – Drivers become so comfortable with the process of driving that they start daydreaming while controlling several thousand pounds of machinery.
- Using a cell phone – The second most common distraction in fatal collisions is no surprise. Mobile phone use includes both texting and talking on the phone, and hands-free talking is still a major distraction.
- Paying attention to an outside event – Next up are distractions that occur outside of the vehicle. Turning the head to look at a stopped car, or to try to read a billboard, can be disastrous for the drivers ahead.
- Paying attention to other occupants – Other people inside the vehicle can be dangerous, especially for younger or inexperienced drivers. Carrying on a conversation can be distracting, taking a driver’s focus off the road and what’s going on around him.
Safe driving requires good judgment and the ability to react quickly to the changing scenarios on the road. Distractions can greatly impact a driver’s reaction time, particularly when a driver takes his eyes off the road or stops focusing on what’s happening while mulling over what to say at work. These kinds of distractions make it less likely the driver will notice a truck merging in front of him or a car hitting its brakes, leading to tons of rear-end collisions.
The faster a driver is going, the more dangerous these kinds of distractions become. While driving on highways around Fort Collins, drivers go faster than they do on city streets. Increased speed means less time to react when something happens, and a distraction ensures the driver does not have time to avoid a deadly collision.
The people most at risk from distracted drivers are pedestrians and bicyclists. While a distracted driver on a highway is a menace, distracted drivers on city streets can do just as much damage to others. Since pedestrians and bicyclists lack the protection of a vehicle, even a low-speed impact can cause catastrophic, potentially fatal, injuries.
Every year, new gadgets and sources of distractions inside and outside a vehicle are introduced. But that is no excuse. Distracted drivers who harm others must be held accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver in Fort Collins, call the Tenge Law Firm, LLC at (970) 212-4777 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
- Distracted Driving - CDC
- Distracted Driving Overview - NHTSA
- 2019 Cell Phone Texting and Driving Accident Statistics
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