Media sources are often filled with accounts of serious accidents and the resulting injuries along with property damage. In Louisiana, many of these accidents are caused by a distracted driver. These wrecks often take a terrible toll on the lives of the individuals involved.
Officials in the state have stated that the problem with distracted driving has become widespread. The month of April has been set aside as the time to highlight the problems caused by inattentive drivers. From the years of 2011 to 2015, an estimated 192 lives were lost and more than 26,970 people suffered injuries as a result of drivers not focused on the task of safely operating their vehicles.
Many times, drivers can be observed paying more attention to distractions inside the automobile, such as cellular phones, instead of ensuring that full attention is given to the road and to their surroundings. Louisiana officials are urging every motorist to take stock of his or her behaviors while he or she is driving in order to assess whether each is demonstrating to minors and other passengers correct driving procedures. Individuals who are consistently focused on the road and avoid every distraction may reduce the numbers of serious accidents.
Officials, parents and possibly changing technology may eventually be the driving force behind ensuring that new drivers will adopt safe driving habits of their own. Unfortunately, until every individual decides for him or herself to not allow one's attention to be diverted, the numbers of wrecks attributed to a distracted driver likely will continue unabated. Those who have become a victim of these wrecks may have a lengthy and costly recuperation. They may choose to consult with an attorney concerning the merits of filing a personal injury suit against the driver deemed liable for causing their injuries and resulting monetary damages.
Source: wbrz.com, "La. safety officials: distracted driving 'dangerous epidemic'", Kevin Dupuy, April 12, 2017