It’s incumbent upon all drivers in Santa Fe, NM to do what they can to ensure a safe experience on the road. When drivers are careless, auto accidents may occur. These accidents then lead to serious injuries, which in some cases have a lasting effect on the victims.
Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC has seen firsthand the damage caused by careless motorists. That’s why these Santa Fe attorneys are so dedicated to representing the needs of their clients who’ve had their lives completely changed due to another person’s thoughtless actions. We’ll review the details of your case so that we can offer personalized assistance, which is crucial for achieving a favorable outcome.
Among all the dangerous behaviors drivers can partake in, distracted driving is among the most worrisome. These behaviors go beyond texting while driving, although that practice is indeed hazardous to others on the road. A driver can be distracted by other passengers, the radio, adjusting a GPS, having a snack, or even letting his or her mind wander behind the wheel.
In this case, there are actually three types of distractions motorists must be aware of and work to avoid. These are cognitive, manual, and visual distractions. Cognitive distractions are those that take your mind off the task at hand, while manual distractions are those that cause you to remove your hands from the steering wheel. Visual distractions involve taking your eyes off the road, which can be an issue when it occurs even briefly. For example, when traveling at 55 mph, taking your eyes off the road for 5 seconds causes you to miss an area the size of one football field.
Texting while driving combines all three types of distractions, which is why it’s considered so risky to yourself and other drivers. Even more concerning is that most drivers claim to understand how dangerous these behaviors and yet continue to use mobile devices behind the wheel. In one study, 51% of motorists who admitted to texting while driving also claimed to be familiar with their specific state’s texting and driving laws.
In 2018 alone, 4,637 people lost their lives in accidents linked to mobile phone use. Additionally, there is a six times greater risk of a person being involved in a car accident as a result of texting while driving as opposed to drunk driving. The effect between the two is quite similar, as use of a mobile device while driving can cause impairments and lapses in judgment.
Sant Fe drivers who’ve experienced serious car accidents can look to the attorneys at Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC for assistance. We’ll help you make sense of your case so you can pursue the proper damages. We also have experience with other types of auto accident injuries including those related to motorcycle accidents or multi-vehicle collisions.
Visit our firm online to contact us for more information. You can also call 505.832.3411 to schedule a consultation with an auto accident attorney today. With our support, you can focus on making a full recovery from your injuries.