Distracted driving has become a serious threat to drivers, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians in the United States. The CDC reports that each day in the US, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes that involve a distracted driver. There are three main types of distraction.
- Visual Distraction in which a driver takes his or her eyes off the road
- Manual Distraction in which a driver removes his or her hands from the wheel
- Cognitive Distraction in which a driver takes his or her mind off of the task of driving
Sending a text message, using a GPS device, speaking on the phone, eating, and interacting with passengers are all activities which could result in the types of distracted driving listed above. Of these activities, the CDC classifies texting as the most dangerous, as it requires the driver to remove her eyes from the road for the longest amount of time. Drivers under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distracted-related fatal crashes.
Distracted driving has also been an issue with commercial drivers. The Federal Railroad Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration have all enacted bans to curb the use of electronic devices while driving.
Distracted Driving in Portland Oregon
From 2013-2017, there were 18,429 injuries caused by distracted-driving-related crashes, as well as 95 fatalities. In an attempt to address the issue of distracted driving, the state of Oregon passed legislation to criminalize the use of electronic devices. Known as “The Cell Phone Law”, as of October 1, 2017, it is illegal to drive while holding or using an electronic device (including a cell phone, tablet, GPS, laptop). Drivers who are age 18 or older are permitted to use hand-free or built-in devices. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month nationally, as well as in Oregon. Oregon Department of Transportation officials hold a kick-off event in Portland, which highlights the state's participation in national initiatives to curb distracted driving and law enforcement efforts to combat the practice.
Portland Auto Accident Attorney
If you have been involved in a crash with a distracted driver, you might be approached by an insurance adjuster representing the other driver's insurance company. These adjusters seek to convince victims to quickly sign a settlement agreement, possibly even before the full extent of injuries and/or property damage has been assessed.
Lisa R.J. Porter at JP Law, PC. began her career as an investigator and paralegal for an insurance defense firm. She has detailed knowledge about the insurance claims process. She has used this knowledge to represent auto accident victims for over a decade.
If you've been involved in a crash with a distracted driver (or you suspect you may have), a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney is your next step after medical treatment. Call our office at 503-245-6309 to schedule a free initial consultation. All communications from potential clients with our firm remain confidential. There is NO OBLIGATION to hire our firm and there are NO FEES unless we secure a settlement or win your case.