By now, many of our readers in New Mexico are well aware of the danger of distracted driving. As sad as it is to think about, there were probably hundreds of people injured in car accidents in America over the recent holiday season due to the negligent and reckless actions of distracted drivers – some likely only minor, but almost certainly some were serious. Just how deadly is the impact of distracted driving in America?

Well, according to one recent report, in 2016 alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that nearly 3,500 people died in distracted driving accidents in America. While that number may seem high, the number of people injured in distracted driving accidents that year is just as shocking: 391,000.

There is no doubt about it: distracted driving is becoming a public safety plague in our country. While most people will likely point to cellphones as the primary cause of distracted driving, there are other causes as well that pre-date cellphones, such as eating while driving, putting on makeup and even just talking with other people in the car. Anything that draws a driver’s attention away from the task of driving could ultimately end in tragedy.

New Mexico residents who have been involved in a car accident may want to pay special attention to whether or not negligence was involved. If so, it may be possible to pursue financial compensation through a personal injury lawsuit to pay for damages and expenses. If you have questions, you should contact an attorney to discuss your case.