There are a number of contributory factors that can lead to a car crash, two of the most common offenses are habits that many drivers unfortunately do without hesitation. Distracted and impaired driving cause thousands of fatal accidents every year. Distracted driving is engaging in another activity that decreases focus on the primary task of driving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has divided distraction into three main types:
Visual – taking attention off the road;
Manual – taking your hands off the wheel; and
Cognitive – taking your mind off what you are doing (in this case, driving).
Texting has been recognized as one of the most dangerous forms of distraction as it combines all three types of distractions, visual, manual, and cognitive.
Impaired driving, as well as distracted driving, is a staple problem in road safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 10,839 deaths recorded in fatal vehicle crashes that involved a driver with blood alcohol concentration equal to or greater than .08 in 2009. This accounts for 32 percent of the year’s recorded fatal crashes.
Fatal car accidents continue to live up to their notoriety as being the number one killer of people between the ages 1 to 34 as another casualty was recorded in a car crash in Phoenix last Thursday morning.
The West Valley accident happened around 7:25 am on eastbound Interstate 10 near the state Route 85 junction, taking away the life of a woman and seriously injuring three more, including two children (KPHO 1/20/2011). Responding crew requested a helicopter to help transport the victims.
As West Valley accident attorneys, we encourage victims of such negligence to seek rightful compensation. We’re available at (602) 267-1280, call now for a free consultation.