Colorado readers know that distracted driving is a problem in the state, and unfortunately, statistics indicate that the issue is only getting worse. In fact, 89 percent of drivers who participated in a statewide study admit they drive while distracted. Despite the well-known dangers of this particular behavior, people still make the choice to be reckless with their own well-being and the well-being of others.
April is distracted driving month, which means that officials are working to increase the awareness around this type of problem. For instance, they are trying to inform residents about the prevalence of the problem and the dangers of engaging in any form of distracted behavior while operating a vehicle.
A serious problem in the state
The statistics regarding distracted driving in Colorado are troubling. Consider the following facts:
- Approximately 40 percent of drivers admit to reading a text message while driving.
- Around 25 percent of drivers admit to sending a message at the same time they were operating a vehicle.
- Over half of all drivers admit to talking on a hand-held device while driving.
Officials are gravely concerned about how distracted driving leads to an increased chance of car accidents. Many distraction-related accidents are fatal. In 2016, distracted driving played a role in as many as 16 percent of all fatal and injury-causing accidents in the state.
You know that distraction does more than cause a driver to remove his or her eyes off the road. It can cause mental distractions, so even drivers with both hands on the wheel may not really being be paying attention. As most drivers have phones with them at all times and many vehicles have distracting in-car infotainment systems, this problem may only get worse.
Taking a stand against distracted driving
One way that you can take a stand against this dangerous behavior is to fight back when a distracted driver causes you harm. If you or a loved one suffered harm in an accident related to any type of distracted driving, you likely have grounds to pursue financial compensation through a civil claim.
This cannot reverse the harm done to you, but it provides you a way to hold liable parties accountable for your pain and suffering, as well as compensate you for your financial losses. If you are unsure if you have a case or want to learn more about the possibility of a civil claim, it can help to seek an evaluation of your case to better understand your options.