Distracted driving continues to plague our roadways, and it causes more and more accidents each year, especially among younger, inexperienced drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 10 percent of drivers under 20 years old who are involved in car accidents were driving while distracted. Even that number seems deflated because not everyone admits to distracted driving.
It cannot be stressed enough how devastating a distracted-driving car accident can become. Victims of these drivers are routinely killed, maimed or paralyzed, and the worst part is that these types of crashes are 100 percent preventable. Below, you’ll find a quick recap of two recent news stories that deal with the issue of car accidents.
If you have been injured by a driver who was distracted or impaired, call us as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Johnson and Lundgreen, we are committed to helping our clients find the justice they deserve through personal-injury lawsuits. To schedule a consultation with an experienced accident lawyer in Meridian, Call Us At 208-376-5256 Today!
Researchers Find That Older Motorists Are Driving Safer This Year
As the younger generations are spiraling out of control, texting behind the wheel and drink driving, it appears that the older generations are getting their act together. In the past, drivers who are over the age of 70 have had their driving abilities scrutinized.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drivers who are over the age of 75 are the most at-risk age group on the roadways. Much of this is due to declines in reaction times, vision and memory.
In the past, state legislatures have been wary of instituting an age limit for driver’s licenses because the older drivers aggressively try to protect their freedoms. According to NWCN News, we might not need to worry about the older generation anymore. The rate of fatal crashes among elderly drivers decreased by 42 percent during the past 15 years.
Boise Bus Driver In Hot Water Over Car Accident
In early January, a city bus drove off of the road and into the headquarters of Idaho Power. The bus struck a decorative pillar before coming to a teetering rest over a parking garage entrance. Originally, it was speculated that the bus’s brakes failed, causing the accident.
According to the Idaho Statesman, dash camera footage that captured the accident has surfaced and seems to depict the driver, Fatangia Moala, falling asleep just before the crash. A police investigation also found no evidence of brake failure. Moala currently faces a misdemeanor negligent-driving charge and could be named as a defendant in a personal-injury lawsuit by an injured passenger.
After you’ve been involved in a crash with a negligent driver, your first call should be to the police, and the second should be to a personal-injury lawyer. We can help you protect your rights and receive the compensation from the driver’s insurance company that you deserve. To speak with an attorney about your injuries, Call Us At 208-376-5256 Today!