Teenage girl texting and drivingSt. George, UT- Any number of things can lead to a car accident, whether it is minor or serious. Inclement weather, poor road conditions and mechanical problems are contributing factors in many accidents, but, by far, driver error is the primary cause of fatal and injurious accidents. In Utah, one of those more common driver errors is distracted driving.
While drunken driving and speeding account for a majority of Utah traffic collisions, distracted driving is a factor in one in four traffic accidents, causing nearly 3,000 people to be injured in 2013, according to the Utah Department of Public Safety. Seventeen people were killed in the over 5,000 distracted driving accidents that occurred in 2013.
Of course, in 2015, cell phones account for the majority of motorist distractions, but many other things can take a motorist’s attention from the road. In Utah, passengers are another source of distraction.
Distractions can either be cognitive distractions or physical distractions. Cognitive distractions are those distractions that take your mind off the road even though your eyes are still on it. Talking on the phone is a good example of a cognitive distraction.
Taking your eyes off the road to read a text is a good example of physical distraction. The Utah Department of Public Safety states that reading a text message requires a person to take their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. That is plenty of time for the conditions on the road to change drastically.
If you have been injured of lost a loved one because of a distracted driving accident in St. George, USAttorneys recommends you contact the law offices of David Altman. He will work hard on your behalf and use his skills and expertise to get you the compensation you deserve for the pain you have been put through.
In Utah, there is no outright ban on using hand-held devices (cell phones) for motorists except for school bus drivers and drivers under the age of 18, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration. All drivers, however, are prohibited from sending to receiving a text message while driving and police are allowed to pull any driver over for texting behind the wheel.
A motorists who texts behind the wheel are 23 percent more likely to be involved in a traffic collision, so drivers who don’t heed the warnings and cause a tragic accident because they were texting or were otherwise distracted. A distracted driving accident can change a person’s life for the worst and leave them with exorbitant medical bills and other accident-related costs.
Victims of distracted drivers in Utah can turn to accident lawyer David Altman to help them with their personal injury or wrongful death claim. He understands the value of an accident victim’s injuries and will approach their case with compassion and tenacity. Contact Mr. Altman’s office in St. George to discuss your case and see how he can help you win.

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