Distracted Drivers cause accidents, Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer James Rice Reports

James A. Rice, Jr., PC



Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2013 – Atlanta personal injury attorney James Rice has been defending victims of car and truck accidents and a recent report from Erie Insurance notes distraction is the cause of 1 in 10 auto accidents. Driving when you’re “lost in thought” can be deadly or cause major harm, says Atlanta personal injury attorney Jim Rice.


James A. Rice, Jr., PC

The study done by Erie Insurance reports that teen drivers are more likely than any other age group to be involved in a fatal crash where distraction is the cause. Texting while driving (TWD) is a big crash risk, but it isn’t the number one distraction: that one is daydreaming, or “lost in thought”, which was deemed causal in 62 percent of the accidents studied.

Erie’s study examined police report data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System for the years 2010 and 2011 and detailed the top ten causes of car accidents from that data. Cell phone use: texting, talking or dialing a cell phone was the number two cause of accidents.

Atlanta car accident lawyer, James Rice has defended many victims that have been injured by distracted drivers. While a police report may not list cell phone use as a contributor to an accident, car accident lawyers from James Rice Law investigate phone records that will reveal exactly what the user was doing if they were operating a cell phone at or just prior to the accident. Many times phone record details are a part of the investigation done after an accident and preceding a lawsuit, and the driver’s activity is revealed by an attorney’s investigation.

Atlanta truck accident attorney, James Rice finds that truck drivers also get distracted and it goes beyond cell phones, “rubber necking” — paying attention to people and things off-road is the third cause of fatal car accidents. Other occupants of the car, reaching for something, like your GPS, eating or drinking while driving were also cited as major causes of car accidents. Victims of such accidents should call experienced automobile accident lawyers to evaluate their rights.

About James Rice, Jr., P.C, Trial Lawyers
The Atlanta personal injury law firm of James A. Rice, Jr. PC, based in Atlanta, GA, represents persons injured in car, truck, and drunk driving accidents. Additionally, they handle slip and fall injuries, landlord liability and medical malpractice, among other personal injury claims. Atlanta car accident attorney James Rice has obtained judgments and settlements exceeding $30,000,000.00 for his clients.

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