At any given moment in the U.S, around 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving. Even more people are doing things like eating or drinking, navigating their GPS systems, or flipping through radio stations. This is a deeply troubling statistic when you consider that more than nine people are killed and more than 1,060 people are injured every day in crashes that involve a distracted driver.
Texting while driving has received more attention in the past few years as one of the worst forms of distracted driving because it requires a visual, manual, and cognitive distraction from the road. Although many people believe that a short text is not much of a distraction, even looking away at a text message for five seconds when driving at 55 mph is enough time to drive more than the length of a football field. It is clear than many hazards could pop up in that period.
Another problem is that people often assume that as long as they can still look at the road, they are not distracted. The growing popularity of bluetooth devices has made it easier to have a hands-free conversation on the road. Unfortunately, studies have shown that using a hands-free device is not significantly safer than using a handset. Any kind of distraction while driving poses a serious risk.
Stopping Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is a serious danger, yet almost all adults at some point drive while they are distracted. Driving requires a person’s full attention, so any visual, manual, or cognitive distraction diverts attention and makes the driver more reckless. Over the past five years, distracted driving has gotten more attention for the risk it poses, yet accidents that involve distracted driving have also increased. While we seem to be more aware of the risks of distracted driving, we are still not doing all that we can to prevent it.
Every person must recognize the perils of distracted driving and make a resolute effort to stop. Although it can be tempting to use a long commute to catch up on emails or chat with a friend, it is not worth risking your life or the lives of other drivers and passengers on the road. As cycling and walking become more commonplace in our cities, distracted driving becomes an even greater threat, since they are less protected in a collision. It is time to acknowledge that distracted driving is a serious danger and to make a commitment to stop doing it.
If you have been injured by a distracted driver or you have questions, don’t hesitate to call Attorney Doug Horn. Mr. Horn takes distracted driving very seriously and he wants to hear about your situation. Call him today or fill out our online contact form and we will get back with you.