Dangers of Emotional Driving and Other Distractions While Driving

Our lives are filled with hills and valleys and in between these ups and downs of life, we need to keep on driving – even on bad days. We drive when we’re feeling sick, tired, mad, sad, and glad.  However, did you know that feeling overly emotional or agitated when you drive can be as distracting as trying to balance a hot cup of coffee, talk on the phone, text, or reach for the radio controls?

In fact, researchers at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute conducted a study that came up with some startling results about emotions and distracted driving; drivers who feel emotions like extreme anger or sadness are ten times more likely to get into an accident than an emotionally stable driver.  The researchers also studied the effects of distracted driving in general. Their findings stated that drivers increase their chance of getting into a crash by 50 percent when they are distracted.  Furthermore, the researchers found that drivers typically engage in distracting behavior while driving half the time they get behind the wheel.  Many of these distracted drivers, the study found, are younger generations of drivers, particularly teenagers.

Being a distracted driver means your eyes are not on the road at all times.  Eating a taco and trying to drive at the same time is like playing Russian Roulette with the road. The same goes for driving while crying or feeling another intense emotion, like rage.  Anything that takes your attention from the road and the task of driving in general, such as turning around to talk to someone in the back seat to reaching for a ringing phone or feeling agitated, dramatically increases your chance of an unavoidable car accident.

If you or someone who love has been injured in a car accident because of a distracted driver, there are actions you can take. In fact, holding a distracted driver liable for your injuries is within the law.  At Hastings and Hastings, we have the experience to see your case financially resolved. You probably have many questions, such as how you will pay your bills while you recover and how long it will take to see compensation. You may have questions about the particular injury you sustained. We can answer these questions and more.  Let our team take care of the financial aspects of your case while you focus on recovering.  For help getting just compensation for injuries caused by a distracted driver, call our compassionate and experienced legal team at 800-975-0080 for a free no-obligation consultation. Our friendly team of experts are here to listen to your story and be your voice to fight for the compensation you deserve.

The Risk of Wrong-Way Accidents in Arizona

Wrong way collisions are rare but they do happen and their one of the most deadly and frightening kinds of accidents to be in. According to statistics, there are approximately twenty-two wrong way accidents that occur in Arizona every year out of a total of 120,0000 collisions across the state. Of the total amount of auto accidents in Arizona, there are approximately 1,000 resulting deaths.

Whether from intoxication, distracted driving, or another reason, drivers sometimes cross medians and drive in the opposite direction or get on an off ramp on the highway and continue until there is a head on collision. 65% of wrong way accidents involve intoxication by the driver.

When a wrong way accident does occur in Arizona, authorities expect an average of eight of those accidents to include one or more fatalities. In 2016, there were 1,600 reports of a wrong-way driver, according to the Arizona Department of Pubic Safety’s information officer Raul Garcia. Of those 1,600 wrong way crashes, twenty-seven resulted in serious injury and death. Police arrested over 100 drivers for intoxication out of these 1,600 crashes. Garcia went on to say in his interview with KTAR News that “a very small percentage of that 1,600 has resulted in a crash, and in many instances, these people reorient themselves or get to where they are going and exit the highway.”

The reason many wrong way accidents are fatal lies in the extent of the victims’ injuries in the front seat or from ejection when not wearing a safety device, like a seatbelt. Some of the most common injuries sustained by those involved in a head-on car crash include:

  • Broken bones
  • Head trauma
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Concussion
  • Whiplash
  • Dental damage
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Airbag injuries
  • Internal organ injuries

Get Legal Help Today

At Hastings and Hastings, we are an experienced team of lawyers dedicated to helping victims of wrong way collisions and other negligent accidents.  If you or a loved one have been involved in a wrong-way accident or any other negligent car accident, it is important to understand your rights. Further investigation could help an accident victim hold a negligent driver liable for injuries and other damages suffered by the victim of a wrong way crash in Arizona.  We are here to help you get the just compensation you deserve whether you or someone you love was injured in a head on collision in Arizona. Call us today at 800-975-0080 to tell us your story.  We will offer you a free, no-obligation consultation and answer all of your questions and concerns. Call today and let Hastings and Hastings be your fighting voice for justice.