Much of the focus of campaigns against distracted driving nowadays is on texting. However, car radios have been taking the blame for many traffic accidents involving distracted drivers. Experts say the noise of a car radio itself is a distraction. Soft music can cause motorists to fall asleep, while drivers who change stations take their eyes away from the road and their hands from the wheel.
A 21-year-old man from Howell was seriously injured after being involved in a traffic accident involving two vehicles, causing Coon Lake Road in Genoa Township to close for about an hour. According to reports, a 1993 Chevrolet S-10 pickup driven by the Howell man was going eastbound on Coon Lake Road near Beattie Road when the crash occurred around 7:40 a.m.
The initial investigation revealed that the driver was distracted by his car radio, causing him to cross the centerline, sideswipe a Livingston Educational Service Agency school bus traveling westbound, and crash into trees. The driver of the pickup was trapped inside his crushed vehicle. Firefighters had him out within 15 minutes and he was flown to the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor suffering from severe leg injuries. The driver and the two occupants of the bus were unharmed. Investigators believed that drugs are not factors in the crash.
Distracted driving is a major problem across the United States. Many drivers are overconfident, thinking that distractions do not have an effect on them. Studies show it only takes a moment of inattentive driving for a devastating accident to occur. Anything that takes the attention of a driver away from the road and the wheel may cause a catastrophic fatal accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a distracted driver, you may pursue a personal injury claim of negligence. With the help of an experienced attorney, you may obtain fair compensation for your injuries and losses.