As part of Distracted Driving Awareness month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is promoting Distraction.gov, a website that shares the message of distracted driving and the dangers associated with it.
Distracted Driving Can Turn Fatal
One of the facts about distracted driving is if a motorist is texting, their eyes are off of the road for 4.6 seconds. If that same motorist is driving 55 miles per hour, that means that they have driven the entire length of a football field blind. That is an extremely scary statistic as many drivers on the road have developed the dangerous habit of texting, emailing, or even checking their social media sites while driving.
Distraction.gov also includes other facts that will make you think twice before you pull your phone out while you are driving. One of those facts is that cell phone use was reported in 18% of distraction-related fatalities in America. The NHTSA released a new measure of fatalities on December 8, 2011 called “distraction-affected crashes.” The fact that the NHTSA adopted this new measure means that this is a serious issue affecting everyone on the roadway today. You can read the research and statistics surrounding this measure here.
The Types of Distraction
Texting is not the only thing that is considered a distraction. Simply having a conversation with a passenger distracts the driver from totally focusing on the roadway, as well as changing the radio station, swapping CDs, or choosing a new song to play from their iTunes.
Distraction.gov includes the following on their list of distractions:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating or drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
Injured by a Distracted Driver
The car accident lawyers at our office urge anyone who has suffered injury in an accident due to another motorist’s distracted driving to call our office at 800.637.8170. It is imperative to take action in these types of situations, spread awareness, and prevent future accidents from occurring.
Call our office to review your accident with a car accident lawyer, ask about the options that you have, receive guidance, and take the initial step toward a settlement. You can also order a free copy of The Ohio Accident Book that serves as a guide throughout the personal injury process. Request your copy when you call into our office.