Distracted Driving is Deadly Serious

This month our blog is on the subject of distracted driving. We have blogged on this subject several times as we cannot stress enough the importance of driving safely without distractions.

Simply put do not engage in other activities while driving. This can be talking to a passenger, grooming, texting, cell phone calls, eating or drinking, reading, watching videos or adjusting a radio. Any activity that diverts your attention away from driving is a distraction and can increase your chance of a motor vehicle accident.

There are three main groups of distractions, which are manual, visual or cognitive.

Manual distraction involved taking your hands off the wheel, visual distraction is taking your eyes off the road and cognitive distraction is when the driver’s mind wanders and is not on the act of driving.

Distracted driving is deadly serious! Our younger drivers are at the greatest risk for accidents causes by distracted driving. The following are some statistics taken from distraction.gov:

  • 10% of drivers of all ages under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
  • Drivers in their 20s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes.(NHTSA)
  • A quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended multi-message text conversations while driving.(UMTRI)

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Facts and Statistics each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.

We urge you to drive safely and to avoid distractions. If you have to make a phone call, stop in a parking lot or other protected area.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a distracted driver you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Hopkins, Barvié & Hopkins, P.L.L.C and we will evaluate your case at no cost or obligation. Contact us online or call 228-864-2200 to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer.

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