Distracted Driving Deaths Up
Nearly 4.5 million people were killed or seriously injured in car crashes on our roads according to the National Safety Council. Every single day of 2015, more than 100 people died on our roadways causing the number of car crash related deaths to grow by the largest percentage in 50 years. According to car insurance executive Warren Buffett, the major cause of this huge increase is distracted driving.
Distracted driving is a dangerous threat to all of us and the most recent form of distracted driving comes from mobile devices. We have all seen it – drivers checking emails, mobile notifications, Facebook, Twitter, and texting, etc. It’s a threat to our entire community and must be stopped.
Whether it’s a driver on a two-lane highway who misses a bend in the road or crosses the center line, or a driver who runs through a red light or stop sign at an intersection, distracted drivers betray our trust by choosing to break the rules of the road. As a result, millions of random victims are killed or seriously injured in car crashes by distracted drivers.
The only way to keep those of us on the road safe is to hold distracted drivers fully accountable for their neglect. In Wisconsin, this is exactly what personal injury attorneys Pasternak & Zirgibel, S.C. seek to do – help keep our roads safe by holding distracted drivers accountable.
Wisconsin law provides that drivers who break the rules of the road are to be held liable. This includes negligent distracted drivers. Wisconsin law says that it holds such drivers liable in order to: (1) compensate the injured victim of such negligence, and (2) deter other drivers from breaking the rules of the road in the future.
For more information see also NHTSA’s page for distracted driving.