Distracted driving is incredibly dangerous, and caused 3,450 deaths alone in the US in 2016, as well as 391,000 injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). But are drivers even aware of how distracted they can be, when they’re driving? In a recent study on how to help end distracted driving, the 2018 Travelers Risk Index, it was shown that there is a concerning detachment in the way drivers perceive their own behavior, and how they actually behave behind the wheel.
An overwhelming majority, 85%, of the drivers surveyed agreed that using personal technology while driving is a major risk. Yet 25% of participants who admitted that they drive while distracted believe that they can do so safely. Among those that responded to family and friend-related texts, email and calls while driving, 61% did so because they said they were concerned there might be an emergency, while 23% were afraid they might miss out on something. Regardless of the reason, there are some simple steps drivers can take to drastically reduce the amount of distraction they’re faced with while driving:
Unfortunately, even when you take all the necessary precautions to avoid driving distracted – others may not. If you are injured in a car accident with a distracted driver, it is important to know that the law is on your side. From the moment you are injured, it is important to have an experienced car accident lawyer fighting for your rights.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, our attorneys can help. At Rector Stuzynski LLC, our auto accident attorneys in Colorado Springs have the experience and the resources to win your case. Call us today at 719-578-1106 for a free initial consultation and review of your case.
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