411: The True Dangers of Distracted Driving

May. 6th, 2014   /   ,

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As experienced personal injury attorneys, we at the Law Offices of Aronberg, Aronberg & Green know that distracted driving can cause serious injuries and it can also lead to death. The reality of the situation is that in 2012, the last year for which relevant data is available, 3,328 Americans were killed in distracted driving accidents; tens of thousands more were left injured.

When you get behind the wheel of your and drive on public streets and highways, you not only become responsible for your own safety, but also for that of others with whom you share the road, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists and other automobile drivers.

Distracted driving includes doing any of the following while in the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle:

Using a cell phone or smart phone

Eating and drinking

Talking to passengers

Grooming

Reading (even reading maps!)

Using a navigation system

Watching a video

Adjusting a radio, CD player, MP3 player or iPod

Because text messaging requires cognitive, visual and manual attention from the driver, it is by far the most dangerous form of distracted driving, though all of the forms listed above divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Thus, all of these forms of distracted driving endanger the driver, the car’s other occupants, and everyone else on the road.

Given the amount of time that young adults spend texting, it should not come as a surprise that people in their 20’s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes, according to the government website on distracted driving, www.Distraction.gov. What might alarm you is that at any given time in the United States, roughly 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving. While other rates of dangerous activities across the country have seemed to go down over the last few years, this distracted driving statistic has stayed consistent since 2010.

Many people think that simply glancing down at one text can’t do any harm; however, simple math will prove them wrong. Research shows that the average person spends 5 seconds looking away from the road when reading a text. If you’re travelling at a speed of only 55 mph (far lower than many speed limits in Florida) for just 5 seconds, your car will travel over 300 feet while you are looking down at your phone. A lot can happen in 5 seconds over a stretch of 300 feet. This should make more understandable the fact that when you text behind the wheel, you become 23x more likely to crash than you would be if you weren’t texting.

If you have been injured in an auto accident caused by someone who was not paying attention to the road, please reach out to us to discuss your legal options. To schedule a free consultation, please call the Law Offices of Aronberg, Aronberg & Green at 561-266-9191 or email us at daronberg@aronberglaw.com.  

 

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