Americans send billions of text messages each month, and in many cases sent them while driving, the National Safety Council reports.
Jackson, MS- Distracted driving is a growing problem on streets of Jackson, and it isn’t just the motoring public in danger. A couple of recent incidents have police officers worried distracted drivers are going to hit them.
The Jackson-Clarion Ledger reports that earlier this week a Mississippi State Trooper was helping a motorist change a tire when a distracted driver nearly struck him. The trooper was standing by this trunk when he turned around and saw a can heading in his direction, but fortunately, he was able to get out of the way and avoided being struck.
Another incident in Pike County involved several troopers who were investigating a previous collision. Officers were in the middle of their investigation when a truck carrying heavy equipment struck one of the patrol cars parked on the side of the road.
Luckily, no one was injured, but either of these collisions could have had devastating consequences. Hopefully, these two incidents don’t represent a troubling trend, but they do indicate motorists aren’t paying close enough attention to the road.
A motorist takes their eyes off of the road for an average of four seconds to send a text, according to the NHTSA.
Whether it’s sending a text of playing Pokémon Go, behind the wheel distractions are a growing plague with some experts saying distracted driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. Behind-the-wheel distractions can be visual or cognitive or both. Distractions can include sending a text, fooling with the stereo or looking at a billboard. So, is talking on the phone. According to the National Safety Council, when a motorist is talking on the phone, activity in the part of the brain that processes images in motion decreases by a third.
Whatever the distraction, those brief seconds a driver is not paying attention to the road could be a matter of life and death for a motorist. A distracted driving accident can change the course of a victim’s life, if a distracted driver hurts you or someone you love, USAttorneys will get you in touch with an accident lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi to recover an optimal settlement on your behalf. It’s always wise to speak with a lawyer before you make any decisions about your case.
A victim of a distracted driver may be eligible for any bills and expenses they incur because of their accident. If you are one of those victims, USAttorneys recommends you set up a consultation with one of the personal injury lawyers at Bullock & Wood in Jackson. You can talk about your case and get an expert’s opinion about what course of action you should take. Contact one of the experienced attorneys at Bullock & Wood at (601)709-3584 and set up a consultation.
An accident attorney in Jackson can help recover compensation from a distracted driver.

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