A car accident is always a risk, but there are certain choices that are known to increase that risk significantly. One of these is distracted driving. Distracted driving is defined as performing any activity that takes focus off the road or takes attention away from the task of driving. Reading while driving is just one example of distracted driving. To protect against the risks of distracted driving, there are laws in place that make distracted driving illegal. If a person chooses to read or perform other distracting activities while driving, they can be held accountable for any auto accident that occurs and the losses that stem from such an accident. Attorney Luke Dow is an experienced reading while driving attorney in the Austin, TX, area. Mr. Dow can provide legal representation to ensure that any victim of an auto accident caused by reading while driving is justly compensated for all damages.
How Dangerous is Reading While Driving?
When most people think about the act of reading, they imagine sitting down to a long novel, or going through the pages of a magazine or newspaper. Although it is (sadly) not unheard of for a person to try to read a book or news article while driving, most instances of reading while driving are much quicker than that. Today, the most common forms of reading while driving involve reading a text message or reading the directions on a navigation application. Because these activities generally only take a person’s eyes off the road for a few seconds at a time, most people practice this type of reading while driving regularly, and are under the false impression that it is perfectly safe to do so. Following are some facts that show just how dangerous reading while driving actually can be:
- It takes an average of just 3 seconds of distraction for an auto accident to occur. Reading a text message takes the eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds, during which time a car driving at 55mph can travel the entire length of a regulation football field.
- More than half of the road accidents in the United States each year involve using a cell phone in some way (whether making a call or reading or sending a text message).
- 25% of the yearly auto accidents in the US are linked to texting while driving (which may involve either sending or reading a text message).
- On average, over 3,000 people are killed in the United States each year as a result of auto accidents caused by distracted driving.
Seeking Legal Representation
Reading while driving is a form of distracted driving that is known to increase the risk of an auto accident. Those who have been injured as a result of an auto accident that involved reading while driving should seek legal representation to learn more about their right to compensation for damages. Mr. Dow works with experts in the field to collect the evidence that is necessary to prove liability in cases involving reading while driving, or other forms of distracted driving. He will fight to ensure his clients are justly compensated for losses such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident and you would like to learn more about your legal options, contact us at your earliest convenience. Attorney Luke Dow and his experienced legal team will listen to the specifics of your case and recommend an appropriate course of legal action.