DISTRACTED DRIVING ACCIDENTS
As technology continues to advance faster than cars can adapt, distracted driving accidents continue to rise. Cell phones are one of the leading causes of distracted driving accidents – an estimated 660,000 drivers use their cell phones while driving each day. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. If you are driving 55mph that is the same as driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed!
Texting and Driving might be the most common causes of distracted driving accidents, but it is not the only cause. Here is a list of other forms of distracted driving:
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Multi-tasking – grooming, reading a map, using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 Player
All of these activities divert a driver’s attention away from their primary task of driving. When you become distracted while driving, you are not only putting you and your passengers in dange but other motorist on the road as well as pedestrians.
Alabama Laws on Distracted Driving
In Alabama, all drivers are banned from using their cell phones to text while driving. If you choose to drive distracted you are subjected to a fine, and will receive 2 demerit points to your driver’s license – subject to change after your first citation.
If you are 16/17 years old and have held an intermediate drivers license for less than 6 months, you are banned from ALL cell phone use.
If you have been seriously injured in a car accident due to a distracted driver, contact Floyd Hunter leading Alabama car accident attorneys to protect your rights.
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