Distracted Driving is one of the biggest causes of accidents on the road. That is why it is extremely important to know more about it as it can improve public health and safety because:
- About 8 Americans are killed every day because of distracted driving.
- Nearly 2 American non-motorists are killed by distracted drivers per day, including bicyclists and pedestrians.
- Of teenage drivers involved in fatal crashes, 8% were distracted.
- About 400,000 Americans were injured because of distracted driving in 2018.
After only one second of driving at 55 miles per hour, a vehicle travels about 80 feet. To read a text message, a driver might take his or her eyes off the road for five seconds. In that time, the vehicle can travel 400 feet without the driver checking for obstacles—a serious accident risk.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving means operating a motor vehicle while also focusing on a distraction. Examples of distractions include:
- Talking on a phone
- Drinking or eating
- Sending and/or reading text messages
- Putting on makeup
- Looking at a map or GPS device
A distraction can involve any activity that occupies one’s hands, eyes, or mind in a way that impairs their ability to drive safely. Because texting while driving causes all three types of distractions simultaneously, it is illegal in many US states and territories.
How to Avoid Becoming a Distracted Driving Statistic
If you find it impossible to avoid texting and driving, remember that an accident can occur in only a second or two. Find a place to park before texting. Or if you have a passenger, ask him or her to text for you. But if you’re alone, place your phone out of reach, perhaps in your trunk.
In general, avoid any form of multitasking while driving. Do not eat, read, adjust music or mirrors, access smartphone applications, or engage in any other activity. Simply focus on the task of driving and staying safe.
If you are a passenger, politely inform a distracted driver that you would feel safer if he or she did not multitask. Take over any necessary tasks. And if you are a parent, use Distracted Driving Month to educate your teen about the life-and-death urgency of driving without distractions.
Ahlander Can Fight for You
If you have been injured because of distracted driving in either a car accident or a motorcycle accident, you should contact Ahlander Injury Law for a consultation. We may be able to win you the compensation you need for medical bills or vehicle repairs. Contact the firm in Las Vegas and Spring Valley that fights harder for our clients.