Each day in this country, nine people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured in car crashes that involve distracted driving, according to the CDC. Distracted driving is basically driving while performing another activity that takes your attention away from the road, which increases the chance of an accident.
In fact, taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds can double your risk of crashing. Texting is one of the most common – and dangerous – forms of distracted driving, but there are others. Hands-free and car infotainment systems, originally meant to cut back on distractions, can actually cause them. Recent research says that drivers who use voice-based and touch screen features in their cars can get distracted for at least 40 seconds while they program the navigation system, for example. The increase in car accidents as a result of distracted driving is compounded by the lack of seat belt use.
It’s tough to put your phone out of reach while driving. This is why distracted driving is such an issue. Maybe you’re expecting an important business call, or maybe your kids are at school and you want to be reachable in case they need you. Sometimes it’s as mundane as wanting to check if anyone “liked” your latest post on Facebook. With all these distractions going through your mind, and with a phone within reach, it’s far too easy to snatch it up and risk a glance or a quick text. In the blink of an eye: this is when accidents happen.
The number of mobile phones on the roads each year continues to increase. These days there are literally millions of phones of the roads. People are fighting back. Teenagers have started a pledge to end texting and driving altogether. And some senior citizen groups are reporting dropping their cell phones altogether in favor of cordless landline phones.
Keep these tips in mind to keep distraction at a minimum:
If you have been the victim of a car crash involving a distracted driver, know your rights. Contact the Law Office of Brian Brunson today for a free consultation at 214-730-8961.