New Study Finds Many Distracted Driving Accidents Go Unreported

by | May 10th, 2013

May 10, 2013

Despite numbers showing that nearly one in 10 people who were involved in fatal Car Accidents during the last two years were distracted behind the wheel, a new study is showing this number may be drastically under reported.

One of the main reasons for statistics regarding distracted driving being off is that often times, there is a sheer lack of evidence to warrant an investigation into distraction as a contributing factor to a crash. An article from ABC 13 News explains that unless a witness comes forward to investigating officers about a driver’s distracted behavior, they will often not investigate the factor because they are required to have subpoenas and warrants for cell phone records. This can prove to be extremely costly and time consuming.

This same lack of evidence can carry over into the numerous other ways drivers can be distracted, such as eating, retrieving a fallen object, or changing the radio.

These facts leave many citizens concerned over what efforts are being made by government officials to resolve the problem. Many jurisdictions are reforming laws to improve officer’s abilities to provide enforcement. This includes making distracted driving a primary offense.

Many experts say the best way to prevent distracted driving though, is through more effective public education about the dangers the behavior poses.

The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy ask that motorists put their phones down and concentrate on the road at all times when driving.