Habits of Distracted DriversNY/NJ Legal News
The National Safety Council has recently published the findings of its most recent survey on the most common distracted driving habits of drivers in the United States. A shocking four out of five motorists who participated in the study confessed that they often use their phones to respond to calls and texts from friends and family members while they are driving. In spite of the data that shows that a distracted driver has a 400 percent higher chance of becoming involved in an auto accident, most drivers, in every age category, that were surveyed reported that they routinely engaged in the use of their phones while they are behind the wheel.
The National Safety Council recently appointed April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. It has concentrated its focus on spreading the message that there is absolutely no acceptable phone use when you are behind the wheel of a car. This includes hands-free devices. Voice-activated text messaging and voice-activated phone dialing is not a safe form of phone usage either. Studies have demonstrated that the brain becomes entirely unfocused after just 27 seconds of engaging in one of these activities. This means that for nearly a full half of a minute, the driver’s focus is not on the road. That is a long way to drive under conditions that are similar to having your eyes shut.
Distracted Driving Statistics
According to the most recent data published by the National Safety Council, 27 percent of all deadly auto accidents involve a driver who is distracted. More than 9,000 lives were cut short just in 2014 alone due to a driver who was participating in some kind of distracted driving. Drivers are able to be sidetracked by a wide range of things from behind the wheel including infotainment systems and onboard navigation, but cell phones were still the biggest reported distraction for drivers who were involved in distracted driving accidents.
As national ad campaigns and new laws attempt to lessen the amount of distracted driving continue to develop, the NSC suggests that families also start their own safety behaviors at home. Adults and parents need to exemplify safe driving behaviors by turning their cell phones off when they are driving and refusing to answer any incoming phone calls or text messages while they are driving. Families that have especially young drivers need to teach their kids about the value of safe driving behaviors, especially as it pertains to how using your cell phone behind the wheel negatively impacts your driving.
Learning the inherent dangers of distracted driving is a lesson that needs to begin at home. It must also be reinforced to help guarantee the safety of all drivers on our roadways. If you have been involved in a car accident in which distracted driving was the cause, you need to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as you can. Here at Metro Law, our attorneys are prepared to respond aggressively to your claim and to see to it that you get the full amount that you deserve for your damages. If you would like to discuss your case with one of our attorneys, then please reach out to us at (800) 469-6476 today.