During any given daylight moment, statistics show that some 660,000 people across the United States are using a cell phone or electronic device while driving – a number that has remained relatively stable since 2010. As smart phones and digital media become more and more prevalent, distracted driving represents one of the most serious issues faced by safety agencies and federal regulators today. (NOPUS)
Distracted driving includes any type of activity that has the potential to divert a driver’s attention away from their primary task of driving while on the road. Distraction is by no means limited to electronics; grooming, using a navigation system, watching a video, adjusting music, eating, drinking, or even talking with passengers can inhibit a driver’s visual, manual or cognitive attention.
Our lawyers want to educate as many people as possible about distracted driving and its many causes. What follows are a few important facts about distraction related car accidents and risk factors – take some time to read them over, and share them with your friends and family to ensure that they remain safe behind the wheel.
Sending and Receiving a Text is Like Driving Blind-According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s visual attention away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. If you are traveling at 70 miles per hour on a highway, taking your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds equates to driving the length of a football field completely blind.
Young Drivers Are at the Greatest Risk-Approximately 40% of all American teenagers report that they have been in a vehicle with someone who put them in danger because of being distracted by their cell phone. Studies have shown that drivers under the age of 25 are two to three times more likely to send text messages or e-mails while driving, and the combination of this overconfidence and teens’ relative lack of experience only exacerbates the problem. If you have teenage children who are new drivers, it is essential to sit them down and have a talk about the dangers of distracted driving.
Distracted Driving Accidents are Drastically Underreported-In 2013 (the most recent year in which statistics were available), 424,000 people were injured and over 3,000 people were killed because of distracted drivers. What’s worse, we know that the majority of accidents, injuries and fatalities involving distraction are underreported, and are often incorrectly attributed to other factors in crash reports.
Hands-Free Devices Are NOT Much Safer Than Hand-Held Technology-Contrary to popular belief, several studies have shown that headset and hands-free devices make little difference when it comes to traffic accidents; many states are now adopting laws that reflect this realization. When operating your car, the best thing you can do is just wait to check your phone until after your car is safely in park. (Distraction.Gov)
Since 1992, our attorneys have represented hundreds of clients in car accident lawsuits, and we understand the tremendous affect that they have on the lives of everyone involved. If you or one of your loved ones has been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, we will do everything in our power to help you too.