Distracted Driving

We have heard a lot lately of laws being passed to prevent people from talking on their cell phones or texting while they are driving. But the problem of distracted drivers go much further than that. People who are eating while driving, putting on make-up while they’re driving, or otherwise engaging in acts that takes away their attention from driving are all posing a danger to other motorists.

Studies show that texting while driving – impairs the drivers ability moreso that if you were intoxicated.

Cars are dangerous weapons weighing several thousand pounds, and it is up to the driver to keep the car under control and protect others from being injured due tonegligent operation of the vehicle. Spending time on a cell phone, whether hands-free or not, eating, putting on make-up, or doing another task that takes away your full attention from driving can have disastrous results. Not only may you run into another car, you might run over an innocent pedestrian you did not see crossing the street.

The bottom line is that driving a several-thousand-pound vehicle requires all ofyour attention, and you will be civilly liable – and sometimes criminally responsible – for injuries you cause while attending to things other than driving.

Distracted Driving Facts

The information below is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the US Department of Transportation

  • In a study conducted by Carnegie Mellon, driving while using a cellphone reduces the amount of brain activity focused on driving by 37%.
  • Studies show that viewing a text message takes an average of 5 seconds from the driver’s off the road. If the driver were travelling 55 mph, that would equate to the entire length of a football field>
  • Text messaging increases the risk of an accident by 23 times
  • In 2010, over 3,000 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers
  • In 2010, over 400,000 people were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers
  • In 2012, 50% of all drivers are using their cell phones while driving
  • Nearly 20% of all accidents causing injury were caused by distracted drivers

Texting and Driving Kills

There is no excuse to read or send a text message while driving. Emails, surfing the web and phone calls can wait. Save a life. Don’t text and drive.

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