Recently, Indiana State Police Officers paid particular attention to drivers who were driving in a fashion that suggested distracted driving was to blame. Behaviors such as swerving, going too fast or slow, not using turn signals, stopping abruptly. All of these behaviors suggest the driver is distracted.
The reason for this crackdown on distracted driving is because the Indiana Department of Public Safety has declared 25% of all car accidents in Indiana are caused by distracted driving. Just last year alone there were 60 fatalities directly caused by distracted driving. One Indiana Public Safety officer went on record to say drivers need to concentrate only on driving. The idea of multi-tasking has no place behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.
Cars that police pulled over during this crackdown for distracted driving had drivers performing the following tasks while driving:
- giving themselves a manicure
- solving complex math equations
- eating or drinking
- playing video games
Indiana drivers are doing a number of things while driving and paying attention to the road isn’t on their list of priorities. As long as drivers are distracting themselves, the number of accidents will increase and fatalities are bound to rise. In Indiana, it’s illegal for any driver to type a text message or electronic message, transmit a message, or read a text or email message while operating a moving motor vehicle.
At Wilson Kehoe Winingham, we have experience with cases involving distracted driving and urge you to contact us for a consultation if you are involved in a car accident caused by distracted driving. As always, we offer a free case evaluation and charge no fees unless we recover on your behalf.