Distracted Driving Is Causing Pedestrian And Bicycle Accidents
Biking, running and walking are great forms of exercise. Today, more people are outside on our streets and roads than ever before. There are also more people using phones and electronic devices while driving. It is a dangerous combination.
More pedestrians and bicyclists are being seriously hurt and killed after being hit by inattentive and distracted drivers. The pedestrian and bicycle accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Dan F. Partin will go above and beyond to assist you if you were hurt or a loved one died after being hit by a car in Kentucky.
The numbers of serious pedestrian and bicycle injuries and deaths related to distracted driving are increasing. The Kentucky State Police reported that there were 724 deaths on our streets and roads in 2018. Almost 90 of those deaths involved bikers, runners and walkers. The numbers increased in 2019. Inattentive and distracted drivers caused many of those accidents, potentially due to phone addiction.
What Most People Don’t Know About Distracted Driving
Distracted driving has become a major hazard on our roads. It endangers not only the driver and their passengers, but everyone around their car. That includes pedestrians and bikers. Distracted driving can be visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel) or cognitive (not thinking about the road). Under the commonwealth’s laws, these acts of inattentive driving are illegal.
While most people know that playing with a phone while operating a vehicle is considered distracted driving, inattentive driving can also include:
- Controlling music
- Eating, drinking, grooming or smoking
- Electronic device use
- Reaching for something
- Reading or writing
- Talking to passengers or children
Litigation Veterans Are On Your Side After An Accident
Several studies found that Kentucky has some of the most dangerous roads in America. If you are a biker or pedestrian who was hurt in an accident, or a loved one died, you will need a strong advocate on your side.
Our attorneys bring decades of legal experience to the negotiation table. Attorney Mark Willis has over 25 years of experience fighting for clients who deserved more than the insurance company offered. Attorney Dan F. Partin not only has over two decades of legal experience, he is a former member of the U.S. Air Force, and he knows how to fiercely negotiate for clients.