Distracted Driving Accidents in Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Car Accident Attorney
In the state of Oklahoma the use handheld devices is banned for all bus
drivers, drivers with a learners' permit and drivers with an intermediate
license. Many states have realized the serious risks involving distracted
driving and are not taking steps to make the roads safer by educating
people on the dangers of it.
When drivers are behind the wheel, their full attention should be on the
road, but many times that is not the case. In fact, the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted a study back in 2010, which shows that 9% of all fatal car crashes
and 18% of injury-related car accidents were caused by a distracted driver.
To put that more in perspective, distracted driving took the lives of
3,092 people and injury 416,000 people in 2010 car accidents.
There are three main types of distractions that driver's participate
in while driving:
- Manual distractions
- Visual distractions
- Cognitive distractions
By looking at a passenger, a navigation system, or a hand held device,
your visual attention is no longer on the road. Then there are manual
distractions such as typing out a text, applying makeup, grooming, eating
and drinking and anything else that requires taking your hands off the
wheel. Lastly, there are cognitive distractions, just by talking on the
phone, even it is a hands-free device, the amount of brain activity that
was going towards driving has now been reduced by 37%. The biggest problem
today with smart phones, is that we know have the internet, email and
open communication at our finger tips and people believe that they can
safely multi-task when in reality, they cannot.
The Types of Distracted Driving
Any activity that demands your attention and diverts your focus from the
primary task of driving, is a distraction. The most common cases of distracted
- Using a handheld device
- Eating & drinking
- Grooming (putting on makeup)
- Turning to talk to passengers
- Reading a book or a map
- Fiddling with a navigation system (GPS)
- Watching a video
- Playing with the radio, CD or iPod
All of these distractions can ultimately put the driver's life at risk,
their passengers, other drivers, nearby bystanders, and pedestrians as
well. The most dangerous of all however, is the task of texting and driving-
this requires your mental attention, manual attention and cognitive attention
all at once.
Recovering Compensation for Distracted Driving Accident Victims
If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, whether it was
caused by someone texting and driving or someone talking on the phone,
you have the right to seek justice and fair restitution. That is where
we come in. Here at Clemens Blair Kitch, we believe that you deserve the
very best and we are 100% client driven. Our Oklahoma City personal injury
over 33 years of experience in this field and we have extensive knowledge and skills when it comes
to assisting with financial recovery. We have already recovered millions
for personal injury victims in Oklahoma and we will fight to do the same
in your case.
Our firm handles a wide variety of personal injury claims including car
accidents, premises liability, burn injuries, dog bites, medical malpractice,
workers' compensation and much more. Our injury attorneys know how
to deal with the insurance companies and we do not accept settlements
that are lower than what you deserve. Our firm handles personal Injury
cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you don't have
to pay anything unless we win your case and recover compensation on your
behalf. Our firm also offers a
free case evaluation to all potential clients, so you can discuss your case at no cost to you.
Contact an Oklahoma City car accident lawyer from our firm today to schedule your consultation!
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