Auto Accident Attorneys in Baltimore: Driving Distracted Part II – What About Passengers?March 8, 2013
Driving distracted is hardly new. Since the invention of the passenger seat, people have engaged in conversation first with side-seat, and then backseat drivers. The advent of mobile electronic devices pushed distracted driving into the national conversation. So what about distractions other than cell phones — are they dangerous, too?
There are probably very few things not attempted by drivers while operating a vehicle. We all know, or have heard of people who dress, groom themselves and eat or feed their children while driving. Others try to watch videos, check navigation systems, read books and catch up on their calendar. Common sense dictates every single one of these activities is hazardous to your health and the well-being of drivers around you.
But what about passengers? Is driving with passengers as dangerous as talking on a cell phone? Interestingly, the answer is no. Some studies show driving with a front-seat adult passenger may reduce car accidents up to 38 percent when compared to using a cell phone while driving. Consider these thoughts:
- Crash rates are lower for adults with adult passengers
- Boisterous or noisy children are driving distractions
- Crash rates increase for teenaged drivers with similarly aged passengers
- Front-seat adult passengers monitor the driving environment, providing an assist to the driver
According to the National Safety Council, more than 1.6 million collisions are caused by cell phone use each year. Injury is painful, death is tragic. Do your part and avoid distraction from the task at hand when you’re on the road. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, chances are you have a legitimate claim for damages. An auto accident lawyer would know. Contact LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. for legal advice on how to obtain the injury compensation you deserve. Let us know how we can fight for you.