Smartphone Driving Distractions: smh

Talking on the phone.  Sending a text. Using your GPS. Adjusting your stereo. Talking to passengers. All of these things can lead to smartphone dis­tractions.

Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming 3,450 lives in 2016 alone

Distracted driving occurs when a driver is trying to do something else while driving.  Lacking the ability to give his or her full attention to the road. Some may see these distractions as trivial. The National Highway Traffic Safety Admini­stration  however, estimates that 9% of all traffic deaths (3,000 out of 33,000) are caused by distracted drivers.

Given that new technologies like cell phones and GPS  systems are a common source of distrac­tions. In 2010, 13% of the distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes were between  15 and 19 years old. However, teenagers are not the “only culprits–48% of young driv­ers saw their parents talking on the phone while driving. Another 15% saw their parents texting while driving.

Many of these crashes involved sending or receiving a text. Looking at the average text takes your eyes off of the road for almost five sec­onds. At 55 miles per hour,  this is the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field without looking where you’re going.

A number of different ap­proaches are being taken to try to reduce the amount of distracted driving.  Many states have enacted laws forbidding texting while driv­ ing and all cell phone usage by novice drivers, and several states limit cell phone usage for all drivers to hands-free devices so that the driver can keep his or her eyes on the road.

Vehicular Manslaughter

Some states are enforcing their vehicular manslaughter laws against those who kill someone  be­ cause they were driving while dis­tracted. 

Have Your Teen Drivers Sign A “Safe Driving Contract”

Parents should try to set a good example for their children by not allowing themselves to be dis­tracted while driving.  Many parents are asking their teen drivers to sign a “safe driving contract,” where the teen pledges not to talk or text while driving and to do other things to increase safety, such as wear a seatbelt and not drive with someone who has been drinking.

There is nothing you need to say or see that is worth risking your life or the lives of others. Remember to “Put It Down” when you’re driving.

If you, or someone you know, or love, has been injured in a vehicle accident, contact us immediately at the Messina Law Firm. Do not settle for less than what you are due, Joey Messina an experienced personal injury lawyer will be happy to discuss your case with you with no fee until your case is won.

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