How often do we have the urge to check our phones for missed calls, unread text messages, or browse through social media while stuck in traffic? How often do we see drivers using their cell phones at a stop light? We know it happens, but how dangerous is it really?
The numbers illustrating the dangers of cell phone use while driving are downright startling. In fact, at any given time throughout the day, approximately 660,000 drivers are attempting to use their phones while behind the wheel of an automobile.
Smartphones have made it easy for us to stay connected at all times. But that can pose serious safety risks if someone decides to check his or her text messages, emails, phone calls, or any other mobile applications while driving.
Cell phone distraction rates are alarmingly high. We hope with a little information, you’ll make the right decision when you’re on the road.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2012 driver distraction was the cause of 18 percent of all fatal crashes – with 3,328 people killed – and crashes resulting in an injury – with 421,000 people wounded.
- The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted
- Texting while driving causes nearly 25% of ALL auto accidents.
- Texting while driving is 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
- 11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving.
- According to an AAA poll, 94% of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% admitted to doing it anyway.
How distracted driving can affect our attention to road safety:
- According to Human Factors & Ergonomics Society, texting while driving slows your brake reaction speed by 18%.
- It leads to a 400% increase with eyes off the road.
- Texting while driving is the #1 driving distraction reported by teen drivers.
- When traveling at a speed of 55 mph, taking the eye of the road for a mere five seconds is the equivalent of driving blindfolded across the length of a football field.
What You Can Do
- Resist the Urge – Put your cell phones away from arm’s reach while driving. Don’t let your cell phone ringer tempt you from picking it up while driving. It can wait.
- Lead by Example– Children learn from their parent’s behavior. No one should text and drive. Be an example for your children and if you need to text or talk on the phone, pull over to a safe place.
- Spread the Word – Share these staggering statistics of distracted driving with your family and friends and encourage them not to use their phone while driving for their own safety and better overall road safety.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, contact our personal injury attorneys for a free consultation. An attorney can also help find coverage for damages. Attorneys can also decipher complicated insurance policies, which may be written with much legal jargon, to determine whether or not coverage is available.
Our accident attorneys at Guldjian will aggressively fight for you until justice is served, whether it is through a settlement or a trial. Let us help you and your loved ones get through this difficult time. Our dedicated and caring team of Orange County personal injury attorneys will be available to you 24/7. Call us at 888.546.5315 for a free consultation.