Ever-evolving technology means we stay connected 24/7. While this is a good thing in many ways, it can also make for a highly dangerous driving environment in Santa Fe and elsewhere in the country. That’s why Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC is dedicated to supporting motorists who’ve been injured by another driver’s negligent behaviors.
Our firm has litigated in numerous auto accident cases, which means we can tackle even the toughest of circumstances. We also take the time to answer your questions, which allows you to play a proactive role in your case from beginning to end.
Driving distractions involve three elements. Manual distractions happen when you remove your hands off the wheel for any reason, such as to adjust the radio or reach for a mobile device. Visual distractions occur when a driver takes his or her eye away from the road. Finally, cognitive distractions happen when a driver’s mind is not on the task at hand. In this case, day dreaming could be considered a cognitive distraction.
Texting while driving involves all three distraction types in a single activity, which is why it’s considered so dangerous. For instance, sending a text message while driving is associated with a 23 times higher risk of a crash according to one study. It’s also thought that using a mobile phone while driving is like driving at or above the legal blood alcohol concentration limit.
While it’s true that all drivers are prone to distracted behaviors, teens seem to be the most vulnerable to these bad habits. Of the crashes involving teen drivers aged 16 through 19, 58% involved some type of distraction. In some cases, these distractions can have grave consequences. In 2017 alone, 3,166 people lost their lives in accidents that involved distracted driving.
Teen drivers are obviously less experienced than people who’ve been driving for many years. As a result, they’re ill-equipped to deal with unexpected occurrences on the road, such as a stopped vehicle or downed tree. Driving distractions impair their abilities even further. Remember, while things like texting and driving are dangerous, teens can also be distracted by passengers, eating while driving, or even listening to music.
If you’ve been involved in an accident with a distracted driver in New Mexico, the first thing to do is ensure you and your passengers are safe. Next, contact local law enforcement so a police report can be filed. You should also exchange information with other motorists involved but refrain from talking to much about the accident.
When the time is right, you can reach out to our team at Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC to discuss your options when it comes to a settlement. Many insurance companies attempt to offer a low initial settlement to accident victims, and this might not be sufficient for your needs. We will help you review the offer and provide the proper steps on how to counter if you believe it’s not adequate for the injuries you sustained.
If you have questions about your accident, contact us online for more information. You can also schedule a consultation at our Santa Fe office by calling 505.832.3411. Our lawyers have expansive experience when it comes to auto accident injuries.