Distracted driving kills Americans. According to government statistics, 3,154 people died in distracted driving accidents in 2013. Distractions take your attention off the road. This can make you not see that object in the road, or the upcoming turn.
Some of the most common forms of distracted driving include:
- Talking on a cell phone
- Eating or drinking
- Talking to others in the car
- Falling asleep
- Disciplining children
- Reading and looking at maps
- Using GPS
- Watching videos
- Adjusting the radio
Distracted driving is highly risky behavior. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distraction was a factor in approximately 10% of all fatal car accidents in 2012. Distraction was a major factor in 18 percent of crashes that resulted in some type of serious injury.
Below are some important tips to remember to reduce distracted driving:
- Hands-Free Is Not Safe: Some states have laws that ban handheld cellular device use while driving. That is good, but hands-free devices really are not much safer. Your brain continues to remain distracted by a conversation even when using a hands-free device. Save the conversation for when you are not driving.
- Eating and Drinking Is for Home: It is very easy to spill that scalding coffee in your lap while driving. That could lead to a fatal accident. Take care of meals and drinking at home.
- Don’t Use the Vanity Mirror While in Motion: We always see women looking in their mirrors and putting on make up while driving. Although this may not be against the law, it is nevertheless unsafe. Statistics show that virtually all people have a decline in driving performance when doing two or more things at once, including putting on make up while driving.
- Pay Attention to the Road, Not Passengers: One of the biggest problems with distracted driving is having children in the car. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety states that passengers are often the biggest distractions for drivers. Specifically, young children are four times more distracting than adults. Infants can be eight times more distracting. You should not be glancing in the rearview mirror constantly to check on the kids.
- Driving Tired Could Kill You: About 40% of drivers admit that they have fallen asleep while driving. The NHTSA states that drowsy driving causes at least 100,000 crashes annually, and 1550 deaths. If you are on a trip and are falling asleep, pull over and take a break. Getting out of the car and getting fresh air often can recharge your batteries.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident that was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party, you should immediately consult with an attorney as you may be entitled to compensation.
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