New York • Greenwich • New Canaan
A 21-year-old woman faces
distracted driving charges after she allegedly struck another vehicle head-on while driving
on the Easton Turnpike on June 18, 2012. While it is fortunate that the
there were no fatalities resulting from the crash, the
car accident illustrates the dangers of distracted driving.
Distracted Driving Accident
The driver accused of causing the accident was traveling northbound on
Easton Turnpike in a Jeep on the afternoon of the accident. Authorities
allege she was sending and receiving text messages, drifted out of her
lane into oncoming traffic and struck a sedan head-on. The force of the
impact knocked the sedan back 61 feet and the road was closed for an hour
after the accident while crews cleared the scene.
The 67-year-old driver of the sedan went to the hospital where medical
personnel treated her for non-life-threatening injuries. Both cars sustained
severe front-end damage as a result of the collision.
The driver denied using her phone at the time of the accident. However,
police report that the accident occurred at 3:14 p.m. and the driver's
phone log shows an outgoing text message sent at 3:12 p.m.
Dangers of Distracted Driving
The dangers associated with distracted driving are well documented. The
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 3,092 people
died in accidents involving distracted drivers and another 416,000 suffered
injuries from distracted driving accidents in 2010 alone. According to
Monash University, drivers using handheld devices are four times as likely
to get into a severe, injury-causing crash. A Virginia Tech Transportation
Institute study showed that texting while driving increases the likelihood
of an accident 23 times compared with driving without distractions.
While cell phone use is perhaps the activity most people associate with
distracted driving, anything that takes a driver's attention away
from the road counts as a distraction, including:
- Talking with passengers in the vehicle
- Adjusting the radio
- Using a GPS system
- Reading, including maps and directions
- Watching videos
- Eating or drinking
Consult an Attorney
People take their lives into their hands every time they get into a vehicle.
While people may practice safe driving habits themselves, they cannot
control the behavior of other drivers. If you have been injured in a motor
vehicle accident, seek a capable personal injury attorney who can help
you recover for your injuries.