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Distracted Driving Is Often a Factor in Tennessee Rear-End Collisions

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Jacksboro Personal Injury AttorneyOver the last 10 years, data from the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security indicates that distracted driving is a factor in more than 20,000 annual car accidents throughout the state. Due to the inherent difficulty of detecting driver distraction, it is likely that the actual number is significantly higher. Distractions can make a driver particularly susceptible to causing a rear-end collision, which may result in serious injuries to the occupants of the vehicle in front. If you have been injured in a rear-end collision with a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation.

What Makes Distracted Driving Dangerous?

Using a cell phone while driving is such a prevalent behavior nowadays that it is easy to overlook just how dangerous it can be. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a driver may take their eyes off of the road for up to 5 seconds or more while sending or reading a text message. During this time, a vehicle traveling at 55 mph can cover 100 yards of ground. With this in mind, it is easy to see how a texting driver can cause a rear-end collision, especially if traffic in front of them has slowed or stopped.

However, texting is far from the only distraction that can contribute to a car accident. Many drivers are susceptible to multitasking while behind the wheel, and activities like eating, grooming, attending to child passengers, reaching for an item in the car, or simply adjusting the radio or vehicle controls can take a driver’s hands, eyes, and attention away from the task of driving. A driver could also be distracted by a passenger inside the vehicle or something happening outside of the vehicle.

Compensation for Rear-End Collision Injuries

Rear-end collisions have the potential to cause serious injuries, especially when the rear driver is distracted and traveling at high speed. If you have been in an accident, you may be suffering from whiplash or more serious injuries to the back, neck, and head. These injuries may require substantial medical attention and time away from work while you recover, leaving you to cope with financial losses. Severe injuries may also affect your life in the long term. An attorney can work with you to find evidence of a driver’s distraction, including police reports, witness testimony, and phone records, which can demonstrate negligence and help you recover fair compensation through a personal injury claim.

Contact a Jacksboro Personal Injury Attorney

At The Law Office of William F. Evans, we have helped many clients recover compensation at the at-fault driver’s full insurance policy limit in rear-end collision cases. We can represent you in your claim to hold a driver accountable for their distracted driving and other forms of negligence. For a free consultation, contact our Campbell County car accident lawyer by calling 423-449-7980 today.

 

Sources:

https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/safety/documents/Driver_Distraction_07152021.pdf

https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/813111

https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving

 

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