Drunk, Distracted Driving Common Causes of Rear-End Crashes in Detroit
A 31-year-old Romulus man was recently arrested in Wyandotte after rear-ending the vehicle in front of him on Eureka Road near 17th street. Police questioned the motorist after the crash, who admitted to texting and driving, and determined that he was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
According to a News-Herald article, the 31-year old Romulus man crashed his 1994 Chevrolet into the back of a 1989 Ford Probe driven by a 49-year old man from Windsor, Ontario. When police arrived at the scene, both men were out of their vehicles and talking and the Romulus man admitted to texting while driving at the time of the accident.
Police said they detected a strong odor of alcohol on the man's breath along with a number of other signs of drunken driving, such as slurred speech and glassy eyes. The man admitted to having drunk five beers and one shot prior to driving and was arrested after failing field sobriety tests and a preliminary breath test. Chemical tests at the police station indicated blood-alcohol levels of .12 and .13, well over Michigan's legal limit of .08.
Driving under the influence, texting while driving can result in a rear-end accident
Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents that happen in the United States and can have many different causes. As any rear-end accident lawyer in Detroit knows, this recent crash exhibits a pair of the most common causes of these accidents: drunk and distracted driving.
A driver who is impaired by alcohol or drugs may not be paying careful attention to other vehicles, traffic signals, or even bicyclists or pedestrians on the side of the road. As a result, an impaired motorist may not realize that a vehicle has stopped or slowed down. Impaired drivers often have a delayed reaction time and reduced cognitive functionality, too, and are often unable to react quickly enough when a car slows down or stops.
Drivers who are distracted by cell phones also dramatically increase their chances of being involved in a rear-end crash. Statistics have shown that the average text message takes a driver's eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds - a span of time that allows drivers to cover the length of a football field at highway speeds.
Texting and driving is a form of driver distraction that takes a driver's eyes off the road and hands off the wheel. A driver who's preoccupied with his or her cell phone can also fail to see when a car has slowed down or a traffic signal has changed, either crashing into another vehicle at full speed or allowing himself or herself too little time to react to a driver who has stopped for a red light or slowed down in traffic.
In order to decrease changes of rear-end accidents in the Detroit area, it's important for drivers to remember that drunk driving and texting while driving are behaviors that immediately put all drivers on the road at immediate risk. Making the choice to drive sober and distraction-free could be the difference between a safe trip home and a serious, potentially fatal car wreck.
If you've been injured in a car crash, don't hesitate to contact a rear-end accident lawyer in Detroit. Contact Fraser & Souweidane, P.C. today. Call 586-463-0100 for a free case consultation.