DISTRACTED DRIVING: IS IT REALLY THAT BIG OF A DEAL?
We all know that distracted driving is unsafe and can result in an accident. But not everyone knows exactly how dangerous it really is. What is even worse is that many of those who actually understand the dangers that distracted driving poses continue to engage in acts that distract them from the road.
What is distracted driving? To put it basically, distracted driving is any activity that casues the driver’s attention to be diverted from the road. Some examples of distracted driving include:
- Talking on the phone while driving
- Texting while at a stoplight or driving
- Taking videos while driving
- Using a smartphone app while driving
- Eating while driving
- Using GPS while driving
A driver that texts while driving takes his or her eyes off of the road for an average of five seconds each time. If the driver is traveling at 55 miles per hour, five seconds is just enough time to go the distance of a football field. In 2014, 3,179 people were killed and an additional 431,000 more were injured as a result of distracted driving.
Drivers who talk on a phone while driving are four times more likely to be involved in an auto accident. Drivers who text and drive are eight times more likely to be involved in a car accident. These alarming statistics prove just how dangerous distracted driving can be. All drivers need to pay attention when they are behind the wheel and avoid distractions. By doing so, we all play our part in making the roads and highways safer.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver call Mary Alexander and Associates toll-free at 415-433-4440 to get assistance from our auto accident attorneys.