Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys in Montgomery, Alabama
The reality is that portable smart phones have been in our lives since the Apple iPhone was introduced in 2007. With the popular small, portable phone came the compulsion to check the devices hourly. And according to a 2018 study, we check our phones about 52 times a day (and this would be a very conservative number among certain segments of our population).
The need to check the phone almost constantly has been called an “addiction” and it’s raising concerns about our mental health. It should also raise concerns about our physical health.
It stands to reason that you do not drop that addictive behavior when you get behind the wheel. And as a result, we are seeing a major uptick in distracted driving accidents in Alabama.
If you or a loved one are injured or killed in a distracted driving accident, Chip Nix understands how your life can change in a second. You need the experience of automobile accident attorney Chip Nix to help navigate you through this difficult time.
Alabama Distracted Driving Accidents
In 2017, more than 37,000 lives were lost in the U.S. in traffic crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That is a decrease of 2% from the previous year. According to the Alabama Department of Transportation, a traffic crash is reported about every 200 seconds.
For those of us in Alabama, a typical driver has a greater than one-in-three chance in our lifetime of being in a crash that leads to death or injury.
The National Safety Council (NSC) reports we still lose about 100 people on the roads every day. About one-quarter of those accidents were due to distraction, and the NSC believes that these numbers are under-reported.
A cellphone provides a fertile ground for distraction, therefore many of these are preventable deaths!
According to NHTSA, taking your eye off the road for even five seconds, at 55 mph is enough to cover the length of a football field. That’s just to check the phone. Texting is an even more pervasive distraction.
According to state statistics, a texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-texting driver.
The state reports one-quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more while behind the wheel. As a result, the fatal crash rate for teens is three times greater than for drivers over the age of 20, reports the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Distracted driving is responsible for more than 58% of teen crashes, according to AAA.
Other Forms of Distraction
Most of us have done these things while behind the wheel.
Have you ever changed the radio or looked for a CD? How about eating and drinking while driving?
How about talking to your passengers and looking behind to converse with those in the back seat? How about using a navigation device to find your location or consulting a map to figure out where you are going?
How about putting on makeup? Multitasking while driving? Even failing to get a good night sleep can lead to you to sleepiness or nodding off while behind the wheel.
All of these activities,
according to the Alabama Department of Transportation, are potentially
hazardous forms of distraction. And incident reports show more than 90 percent
of highway crashes are caused by inattention, faulty judgment, and driver
Texting while Driving is Illegal
Alabama law says it is illegal to text while driving. The law prohibits motorists from operating any vehicle on a public road and using a wireless device to write, send, or read a text-based message. That includes instant messages, email, or text messages.
The state does not limit cellphone use to talking while driving, except for teen drivers. Blue tooth technology or hands-free is allowed for all drivers ages 19 and older.
Alabama became the 38th state to ban texting while driving. An offender will be fined $25 for the first offense, then $50 and $75 for the second and third offense. Also he will receive points on his driver’s license.
Solutions to Distracted Driving
Estimates are that about 80% of adults use their cellphones while driving.
With an understanding that distraction can lead to a lifetime of pain, it’s wise to wait to read or respond to that message until you have safely stopped the vehicle.
Put away the phone when you get behind the wheel. It may take some discipline, but you could put it in the back seat to help avoid temptation.
Get bluetooth hands-free to allow you to talk on the phone while operating your motor vehicle.
If you receive a call, and it may be important, pull off to the side of the road so you can focus on the call, not driving.
Many cell phone carriers offer an app, an automatic message that signals anyone trying to reach you that you are driving. Social media can wait as can taking selfies and watching YouTube videos.
While driving, focus on driving
and staying safe. Period.
Distracted Driving Attorney
In order to build your distracted driving auto accident case, we will need to preserve evidence as soon as possible. You have two years to bring an action against the at-fault driver, however we want to make sure that evidence does not disappear, making it more difficult to build your case.
Chip Nix is a veteran at trying and settling auto accident cases when there may be one driver who was distracted while behind the wheel. Mr. Nix understands how to investigate the case, find the at-fault driver (through cellphone records for example), and negotiate with the insurance carrier of the at-fault driver in order to obtain full and fair compensation. He also has a successful track record bring cases to trial, and he is ready to go that route if necessary.
Attorney Nix has a comprehensive understanding of uncovering the facts that led to the collision in order to determine the at-fault driver. He is committed to offering you compassionate and experienced representation following your auto accident case.
Attorney Chip Nix will provide you with a complimentary initial consultation to fully assess your case. Call our Montgomery, Alabama office today at 334-203-6669 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.