How do you define distracted driving?
The definition of “distracted” is when one is unable to concentrate because one’s mind is preoccupied.
Did you know that in 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in car wrecks because of distracted drivers? What is considered a distraction? Obviously many people agree that “texting” is a major factor in distracted driving.
But there are many others including:
- Talking on a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
A survey taken by Erie Insurance Company in 2015 showed that drivers do many dangerous activities while behind the wheel including brushing teeth and changing clothes. The survey also found that one-third of drivers admitted to texting while driving.
In an effort to eliminate accidents, the US Department of Transportation has created an organization called Distraction.gov to educate drivers about the dangers of distracted driving.
Of course cell phone use continues to be the top cause of distracted driving and these numbers may rise as smartphone ownership is growing. According to State Farm Insurance, in 2011, 52% of drivers reported owning a smartphone, and by 2014 that number had grown to 80%.
The short video below shows just one story of many on how a text message changed a life forever.
In conclusion, just remember “One Text or Call Can Wreck it All”.
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At the Law Offices of Thomas Creech, we support all initiatives to keep us and our families safe. If you have a loved one who was injured by a distracted driver, call our office, we may be able to help you.