Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson broke his arm in a one-car accident after getting distracted by a pizza. He was trying to save the pizza from sliding off the seat next to him while driving his GMC Yukon, reported the New York Daily News (9.24.13).
Burleson, 32, lost control of his SUV on Interstate 696 in Michigan. As reported by the New York Daily News, the football star was reaching over to push the pizza back onto the seat when he overcorrected and hit the center median wall.
Burleson will undergo surgery for his arm. Alcohol was determined not to be a factor in the accident.
Distracted driving and auto accidents
According to Distraction.gov, the Official US Government Website for Distracted Driving, 3,331 people were killed and 387,000 others were injured in accidents involving a distracted driver in 2011.
Distracted driving counts as any activity that diverts a driver’s attention away from the primary task of operating the vehicle. This may include distractions outside the vehicle, such as looking at passing buildings, street signs, animals, or people, or distractions inside the vehicle, such as eating, texting, making a phone call, personal grooming, or dealing with technology.
Driving is not complicated, but it definitely requires a driver’s undivided attention to be done safely
Distracted drivers are liable for auto accident injuries in New York
Many auto accidents cannot be prevented. An accident caused by distracted driving is not one of those occasions. Distracted driving is a choice made by the driver, whether he or she chooses to eat, look at others while talking, text or engage in any other activity that has the potential to cause serious injury to others. Since the choice to be distracted is one the driver makes, he or she will likely be held accountable for their actions, especially if the injured victims of a distracted driver choose to file a personal injury claim, as is their right. If you or loved one has been injured in a car accident in New York caused by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to pursue maximum compensation for your losses.