“It Won’t Happen to Me” Drivers Most Susceptible to Distracted Driving AccidentsDecember 17, 2018 | Category: Automobile Accidents | Share
On October 3, 2018, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a report in which Secretary Elaine L. Chao said, “Safety is the Department’s number one priority. The good news is that fatalities are trending downward after increasing for the two previous years. But, the tragic news is that 37,133 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in 2017. All of us need to work together to reduce fatalities on the roads.”
Research by the University of Utah showed that multitasking while driving is dangerous. Professor David Sanbonmatsu, a senior author of the study stated, “What is alarming is that people who talk on cell phones while driving tend to be the people least able to multitask well. Our data suggest the people talking on cell phones while driving are people who probably shouldn’t.”
There are almost 400,000 injuries and fatalities and close to a half-million people using cell phones while operating motor vehicles on a daily basis. The National Safety Council says it appears the “It will never happen to me” crowd is learning the hard way quite often.
The definition of distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving. According to the NHTSA, this includes talking or texting on a cell phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in the vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system, and anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.
How can you get involved in stopping distracted driving?
The NHTSA says that parents can lead by example as well as talk to their teen drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. Teens can be encouraged not to drive distracted and to speak up if their friends are engaged in distracted-driving activities. Educators and employers can spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving, and the community should be proactive in supporting local laws and speaking up at community meetings.
NBC 2 News reported on November 26, 2018 that the Florida legislature is again considering making texting while driving a primary offense. Many feel this is a long time coming.
“At Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., we hold distracted drivers accountable for injuries they may cause to other drivers and passengers. If you or a loved one is injured in a distracted-driving accident, after seeking medical attention, contact our experience legal team. We are available 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees unless we make a monetary recovery for you,” said Cape Coral Personal Injury Attorney, Randall Spivey.
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