Posted on February 27, 2014 in Personal Injury
Distracted drivers present a serious risk of involving themselves and others in a car accident. AAA reports that as many as 660,000 drivers are using their cell phones during the day. As cars themselves become increasingly connected, the number of potential distractions has increased. Drivers can now access satellite radio, use GPS, and access apps such as Facebook instead of keeping their eyes on the road.
In 2012, an estimated 421,000 people were injured in auto accidents involving a distracted driver. This is an increase of about 34,000, or 9 percent, from the number of distracted driving injuries in 2011. There is an ongoing debate regarding who is to blame for this increase – the drivers themselves or the technology companies providing the distractions. Instead of pointing the finger, the time has come for us to find solutions for what has become a serious problem. Many organizations are now focusing on educating drivers about the risks of distracted driving.
Awareness Key to Curbing Distracted Driving
Much of the focus of these educational initiatives is placed on student drivers, in order to instill responsible driving habits. According to a study conducted by LoJack at the Massachusetts Teen Distracted Driving Leadership Summit in Boston, students responded favorably to initiatives that will help them become safe drivers. Although about 50 percent reported having used their cell phone while driving, 91 percent said they support legislation banning driver cell phone use and 89 percent were in favor of developing technologies to help reduce distracted driving.
Many car manufacturers are doing what they can to help drivers and passengers avoid motor vehicle accidents. Drivers can take advantage of available services such as traffic maps and collision risk alert systems. Cell phone companies are also helping drivers make responsible decisions by offering apps such as SafelyGo which automatically respond to calls or texts so that drivers can stay focused on the road.
Safe Driving Behaviors Can Help Prevent Accidents
It is crucial that drivers leave their phone alone while operating their vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that it takes 4.6 seconds to send or read a text. When traveling at 55 mph, that’s equal to driving the length of a football field. Putting your phone on silent can help you avoid the temptation to answer it while driving. If it is absolutely necessary for you to make a call, pull over to a safe area and stop the car.
Preparing properly for road trips can help avoid unnecessary distractions. Drivers should always be well-rested and take breaks if feeling fatigued. Make sure you review directions, eat something before departing, and pre-program radio stations. Always follow the rules of the road, including following speed limits and maintaining a safe distance from cars in front of you.
Philadelphia Auto Accident Attorney, Jay L. Edelstein, Helps Victims of Distracted Driving Accidents
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident involving a distracted driver, an experienced auto accident attorney can help you get the compensation you need to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Philadelphia personal injury attorney Jay L. Edelstein, Attorney At Law has been securing favorable outcomes for auto accident victims since 1999. His dedicated, knowledgeable legal team will give your case the personal attention you deserve and help restore your peace of mind. With offices conveniently located in Center City, Philadelphia we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Call us today at 215-893-9311 or visit our website at www.myphillypersonalinjurylawyer.com for a free consultation.In 2012, an estimated 421,000 people were injured in auto accidents involving a distracted driver. There is an ongoing debate regarding who is to blame for this increase – the drivers themselves or the technology companies providing the distractions.