Distracted driving claims, on average, 15 lives nationwide and causes 1,200 injuries each day, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While you can’t control the choices other drivers make behind the wheel, you can help protect yourself and your passengers by avoiding distractions when you are driving.
Distractions can harm your driving whenever they divert your attention from driving, your eyes from the road, or your hands from the wheel. The extent and length of the diversion is often related to the risk. For instance, texting while driving is known to pose a serious distracted driving risk because it diverts the brain, eyes, and hands from safe driving.
Other distractions that increase your risk for an accident include eating, personal grooming, adjusting the radio or other electronic devices, and talking to or dealing with other passengers in the vehicle.
Annually, about 5,400 people are killed on U.S. roads in distracted-driving accidents. About one-fifth of these accidents, or 1,000 deaths per year, are known to involve at least one driver who was on a cell phone when the deadly crash occurred. About 25 percent of U.S. drivers admit to “regularly” talking on the phone while driving, including 40 percent of drivers ages 18-29 – the group with the least experience behind the wheel.
If a distracted driver has hurt you or someone you love, a skilled distracted driving crash lawyer at Alpert Schreyer can help. For a free, confidential consultation, call us today at (844) 632-7274.