Posted on May 18th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
Among the constant string of reported car accidents in the news lately concerning drivers not paying attention due to cell phones or car radios, comes another case in Illinois of driver distraction taking the life of a motorist.
A Lake Zurich resident was killed while stopped at a yellow light on her motorcycle when the woman behind her failed to stop because she was painting her nails. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, but unfortunately it was not enough to protect her from the force of the crash after flying several hundred feet. The woman that hit her stopped to help, and she later admitted to police that she did not see her stop since he was looking down at her nails.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 25% of all traffic accidents are caused by these types of distractions when drivers attempt to multi-talk. From reading and putting on makeup to text messaging and watching movies, highway patrolman have seen it all.
According to some studies, the most dangerous activity to do while driving is operating the CD player, with dialing and personal grooming coming in close behind.
The important lesson for motorists is simply this: avoid doing anything that takes your eyes or mind off the road, or you may end up in Hunt’s shoes. Especially as the warm weather arrives, being conscious of the various road hazards such as bicycles, motorcycles, and playing children is important to maintaining traffic safety.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident due to driver negligence due to distracted or reckless driving, call the experienced Auto Accident Attorneys at Page Cagle in St. Louis today for a free consultation.