In Indiana and across the nation, distracted driving continues to be a problem. With people so attached to their cellphones and the desire to stay connected, it is a hard habit to break even when people know they should focus on what they are doing. Being distracted behind the wheel not only puts the driver and passengers in danger, but it places unsuspecting fellow drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians at risk of a crash with injuries and fatalities. Even with increased vigilance, people should be cognizant of the problem and know their options if there is a crash.
Distracted driving enforcement blitz results in citations and warnings
To address the problem, an enforcement blitz took place as part of Distracted Driving Month. Law enforcement agencies from across the state took part in a program called “Connect 2 Disconnect” and stopped drivers who were distracted behind the wheel. In total, there were nearly 600 citations given and 455 warnings. This was all in one day, highlighting how prevalent distracted driving is. According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) the crackdown is due to the known jeopardy people are confronted with because of distracted driving. It can be as much of a danger as driving while impaired.
Statistically, the issue is not going away. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that its latest numbers from 2019 showed that there were more than 3,100 fatalities because of distracted driving. This was a rise of 10% from 2018. Indiana had 24 such deaths in 2019. The objective of the program is to educate drivers as to the potential for auto accidents from distracted driving. The penalties are not severe and generally limited to a fine, so drivers who continue to believe they can multitask safely might ignore the entreaties. Texting is generally viewed as the biggest problem, but any use of a device from making calls to sending emails or surfing the web raises the chance of a collision.
Addressing the aftermath of an auto accident may require experienced help
There are myriad challenges that arise after car accidents. Paying for medical costs is a common worry. Many people are unaware of how much their insurance will cover and engage in dispute about medical costs adding new fears to the equation. They might not be able to work and face an uncertain future. With fatalities, the family left behind will need to consider how to move forward personally and financially. To address these concerns and others, it may be wise to have legal advice. An investigation can determine if distracted driving was the cause or if there was another issue and take the appropriate steps to pursue a claim.