Back in June, Google released a statement saying that, not only did they have driverless cars, but that these cars have only been in a dozen accidents since 2009, none of which were caused by the driverless cars. Google has 32 vehicles in its fleet which means that a little more than one car a year was involved in an accident. This report also means that, for the majority of accidents, a human driver is to blame. This information leads us to believe that most accidents happen because the driver is distracted.
Whether it is your cell phone, the radio, the navigation or something else, technology is distracting while we are driving. Did you know that if you are texting and driving, you are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident? This is why there are so many campaigns trying to get drivers off their phones while driving.
Children are more distracting passengers than other adults. They cry, scream and ask questions the whole trip. Don’t get us wrong here, we are not saying to leave your children at home instead of driving with them. What we are saying is that they need something to keep them occupied that will entertain them enough to get to your destination in one piece.
While eating and driving is convenient, it also distracts you. Taking a hand off the wheel or dipping food into a sauce can cause you to lose focus on the road which can lead you into a ditch with a potential lawsuit in your future.
If you were involved in an auto accident involving a distracted driver, call the car accident lawyers at James A. Rice today.