Distracted driving… this phrase is all over the news, and there’s a concerning reason why. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 9 individuals pass away and more than 1,153 individuals are injured every day due to auto collisions which involve a driver who was distracted. Every day. These numbers are staggering.
Unfortunately, we see the evidence of this all too often in our own community. Lives of victims and loved ones turned upside down because of accidents which were completely preventable.
The term “distracted driving” seems pretty self-explanatory, but let’s get into what it means.
With so many gadgets at our fingertips and new technology consistently and frequently released, cell phones were likely one of the first culprits that came to your mind. Talking, texting, and emailing while driving happen more often than you might think. Each action (even hands-free!) carries an increased risk of an accident that could harm the distracted driver or others on the road.
However, cell phone activities are not the only ones diverting the attention of drivers away from what should be their primary focus.
Some of the activities that lead to distracted driving are:
– Talking on the phone
– Adjusting music players, including the radio
– Utilizing a GPS system
– Reading (e.g., directions)
– Grooming or checking appearance in the rearview mirror
– Looking at the scene of a recent accident
– Talking to others in the vehicle
– Watching a video
– Looking at a billboard
Did any of these surprise you?
The CDC has reported that nearly half of all United States high school students, who are 16 years of age or older text or email while driving. To boot, it’s reported that activities such as texting and emailing typically take the attention of a driver away from the actual act of driving “more frequently and for longer periods than other distractions.” The United States Government Website for Distracted Driving (Distraction.gov) states that, when texting, the average amount of time that the distracted drivers’ eyes are off of the road is 5 seconds. They proceed to explain that, if the distracted driver is traveling at a speed of 55 miles per hour, 5 seconds is long enough to drive the distance of an entire football field.
Distraction.gov reports that 10% of drivers under 20 years of age who were involved in collisions which were fatal were found to be distracted when the accident occurred. In addition, 1 out of 4 teenage drivers respond to a text received at least once each time they are behind the wheel.
These are not ideal statistics for our young drivers!
Distracted driving not only injures others in motor vehicles on the road, but also threatens the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians, who are more susceptible to catastrophic injuries or death if involved in an accident.
Injured by a Distracted Driver?
Contact an Accident Lawyer.
Distracted driving is not an excuse. At Baskerville Law, we provide outstanding legal representation to those who have been hurt in an accident or suffered harm due to the negligence of another party. We aggressively pursue the best interests of our clients, taking insurance companies head-on and teaching the negligent party a valuable lesson.
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