According to recent statistics, approximately 25% of all auto accidents involve the use of a mobile device, and anyone sending or reading a text takes their focus from the road for at least five seconds. Although that doesn’t seem like a long time, it has led to thousands of accidents, many of which have been fatal.
Anything that takes the driver’s eyes off the road is considered a distraction. Activities such as changing the radio station, eating, and talking to passengers can all distract a driver, but cell phone use is an increasing problem.
Who’s At Risk
Young adults and teenagers are more likely to drive distracted than older people. According to the CDC, those under the age of 20 have the highest incidence of fatal distracted driving. 42% of high-schoolers admit to texting while driving, and those who admit to it are more likely to not wear their seatbelts or drink and drive. Commercial drivers are at risk because they spend countless hours on the road, and they’re more likely to reach for their phones.
Preventing Distracted Driving
When a person is behind the wheel, they shouldn’t try to multitask. Driving requires one’s full attention, and there are several ways to decrease the chances of a distracted driving accident.
- Set an example. Although teens are more likely to be distracted, older people aren’t immune. Lead by example; don’t check emails or text while driving.
- Get an education: Some states have banned handheld phone use while driving. Know the state’s laws and support bills restricting phone usage.
- Get an app that blocks incoming text messages and calls while the vehicle is in motion.
These are just some of the ways to prevent distracted driving accidents, but they’re not foolproof. If an accident happens and the other person was distracted, call an attorney.
Get Legal Help Today
The NHTSA says that during the day, almost 700,000 people use their cell phones while behind the wheel. That means there’s a big potential for distracted driving accidents. If a family member has been in such an accident, they should consult a Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer as soon as possible. Visit the website for more details or call to schedule a consultation.