There is no shortage of electronic devices in our society. These devices, such as smartphones, tablets and GPS units, are used by countless individuals. They are aimed at making our lives easier, but, when they are used at the wrong times, they can actually make the world a more dangerous place.
One time a person generally should never use an electronic device is when they are driving. The distraction use of such a device could cause to a driver can result in devastating car accidents.
Electronic-device-related distracted driving has taken quite a toll here in Oklahoma in the past few years. Every year during the time period running from 2009 to 2013, distracted driving involving electronic devices caused at least 600 accidents resulting in injury and at least 10 deadly accidents. In 2013, the numbers were 602 injury-causing accidents and 14 deadly crashes.
Drivers of all different ages can fall to the temptation of being distracted by an electronic device. There are some age groups, though, that seems particularly prone to it. In every year in the 2009-2013 period, the age group with the most drivers who got into a crash here in Oklahoma as a result of being distracted by an electronic device was the 16-24 age group.
An important thing for individuals who have suffered harm due to a driver getting distracted when behind the wheel to know is that they have rights and that there may be legal actions they are able to take. Compensation for the injuries they sustained may be a possibility. Attorneys can inform such individuals of where they stand in this regard.