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Do Not Attempt to Multitask While Driving a Motor Vehicle

By Burg Simpson
March 24, 2022
5 min read

Do Not Attempt to Multitask While Driving a Motor Vehicle

What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving occurs while the driver of a motor vehicle is actively engaged in any activity that takes their focus off the road. Typical examples of distracted driving include texting, talking on the phone, attending to children or pets, interacting with others in the vehicle, eating or drinking, grooming, and adjusting the vehicle’s navigation or entertainment systems.

Texting is Especially Dangerous

While any distraction is potentially dangerous when driving, texting is the most disturbing. Because texting demands a combination of visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it carries the highest level of risk for the driver, their passengers, and everyone else on the road. Sending or viewing a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. If your vehicle is moving at 55 mph, texting is like driving across the length of a football field while blindfolded.

Statistics from Denver’s Craig Rehabilitation Hospital

The medical staff at Denver’s Craig Rehabilitation Hospital reports, “Approximately 43% of our spinal cord and brain injury patients at Craig are injured due to vehicular accidents, so we know that less distracted driving could make a big difference in safety.”

Distracted Driving Statistics from the National Highway Safety Administration

According to recent statistics from the National Highway Safety Administration, distracted driving claims hundreds of lives each year across the United States. Distracted driving claimed 3,142 lives in 2019. In 2018, 2,841 lives were lost, and roughly 400,000 people were injured due to the preventable decision to drive distracted.

Additional Statistics from the Colorado Department of Transportation

Statistics from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) indicate that an average of 42 crashes occur each day in our state due to distracted driving. In 2019, 15,143 collisions involved a Colorado distracted driver. Those instances resulted in 4,361 injuries and 39 deaths. Even though most Colorado drivers are aware of the life-threatening consequences of distracted driving, more than 90% of Colorado drivers admit to driving while distracted. Instead of being a distracted driver on our roads and highways, choose safety instead and do not engage in behavior that puts others at risk.

Do Not Attempt to Multitask While Driving

Attempting to multitask while driving a motor vehicle is dangerous because optimal focus cannot be on two tasks at once. Any non-driving activities that you engage in while behind the wheel are distracting and can significantly increase your risk of being involved in a collision. You cannot navigate the roadways safely unless the act of driving has your full and undivided attention.

If You Were Involved in a Collision

If you were involved in a collision with a distracted driver or were injured in a crash that was not your fault, contact Burg Simpson’s award-winning Personal Injury Team for help now at 888 895 2080.

Burg Simpson’s Personal Injury Team

Burg Simpson shareholder Stephen Burg is the Practice Group Leader of the Personal Injury Department and 5280 Magazine’s “Face of Personal Injury Litigation for 2020, 2021, and 2022.”

Stephen Burg’s practice is focused on representing victims of auto crashes, personal injury, trucking accidents, motorcycle collisions, product liability injuries, gas explosions, wrongful death, and harmful drug products.

Stephen Burg has been recognized for his legal excellence both nationally and locally. He was named a “Recommended Attorney” by the U.S. Legal 500. and has also been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America and a Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyers. He is also named a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by the National Trial Lawyers, and Denver’s 5280 Magazine recognized Mr. Burg as a “Top Lawyer” and the Face of Personal Injury Law Litigation for 2020, 2021, and 2022.

About Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine

One of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, has a longstanding and nationwide reputation for fighting relentlessly and successfully for victims of negligence, malfeasance, malpractice, and abuse. Our award-winning attorneys have never hesitated to fight for our client’s rights and consistently face and defeat formidable adversaries that include big insurance companies, big banks, and big pharma. Burg Simpson has secured more than $2.7 billion in verdicts, settlements, and judgments in practice areas spanning catastrophic personal injury, mass tort and class actions regarding gas explosions, dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and devices, medical malpractice, complex commercial and business litigation, construction defects, and workers’ compensation. The firm’s success has also included more than 200 recoveries in excess of $1 million.

Burg Simpson was founded in 1976 by distinguished American trial lawyer Michael Burg. Mr. Burg is an inductee in the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Clarence Darrow Award. He has also been named to the 2016 RoundTable: America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers by The Trial Lawyer magazine; Law Week’s “Barrister’s Best” as “Best Civil Litigator”; and one of “America’s 50 Leading Trial Lawyers” by the U.S. Legal 500. Mr. Burg has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers®. Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine now has more than 75 lawyers and over 90 legal professionals. The firm is based in Colorado and has offices in Arizona, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, California, and Wyoming.

If You Have Been Injured, Contact Burg Simpson for Help Now at 888 895 2080

 

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