Distracted driving refers to a driver engaging in any activity that: takes
their eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel, or their mind off
of the primary task of driving. While people have been fumbling with maps,
drinking coffee, changing the radio station, and dealing with screaming
infants in the back seat for years, distracted driving has never been
as dangerous as it is today.
According to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming 3,477 lives
in 2015 alone. Simply put, distracted driving is any activity that takes
a driver’s attention away from driving. It can be eating, talking
to passengers, changing clothes, applying makeup, reading, or going through
the purse on the passenger seat. The possibilities are endless.
Of all forms of driver distraction, texting while driving is by far the
most dangerous type of distraction. According to the NHTSA, “Sending
or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds.” If
you text while driving 55 mph, that 5 seconds is equivalent to driving
across an entire football field with your eyes shut.
What Can You Do to Help?
If you’re a teenager, don’t text and drive and encourage your
friends to follow your lead. If you see a friend texting and driving,
speak up. You can also turn to social media to share educational videos
and messages about the deadly consequences of
texting while driving.
If you’re a parent – you can start be leading by example. Never
drive distracted and talk to your children about distracted driving, namely
using electronic devices while driving. Get your whole family on board
and get them all to pledge not to text while driving.
If you’re an educator or a small business owner, you can play a part
as well. Spread the word to your students and employees about the dangers
of texting while driving. Get your students to participate in group discussions
about distracted driving and if you’re an employer, establish a
company policy against texting while driving.
Injured By a Distracted Driver?
These days, it’s common to see people driving slowly, weaving in
and out of lanes, or nearly running a red light or blowing through a stop
sign due to texting while driving. Even though it’s illegal in most
parts of the country, teenagers and adults continue to do it despite the risks.
If you were injured in a distracted driving
contact The DeLorenzo Law Firm to file a claim for compensation. With nearly
75 years of collective experience, we are well-qualified to represent you and your best interests in your
personal injury claim.