Distracted driving is dangerous. In one year alone, over 3,000 people are fatally injured, and close to 400,000 people are injured in accidents that involve distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Distracted driving affects everyone. Every wreck that is caused by distracted driving is preventable.
April has been designated by the National Safety Council (NSC) as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. It was created to recognize and eliminate preventable fatalities caused by distracted driving.
Distracted driving falls into several categories. It is defined as any activity that takes the driver’s attention away from driving. It certainly includes talking or texting on the phone, but it can also involve a distraction from talking to other people in the vehicle, playing with the radio, using the navigation system, and eating and drinking.
Texting while driving, however, may be the worst distraction. Sending or reading a text takes the driver’s eyes off the road for a dangerous five seconds. If a driver is traveling 55 miles per hour, that is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.
Consider the following statistics:
- During the day, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving
- Teens are reported as being the largest age group who are driving while distracted at the time of fatal accidents
- One in four car accidents are caused by texting while driving
- Texting while driving is six times more likely than drunk driving to be the cause of an accident
- It takes an average of just three seconds after a driver is distracted to cause an accident
- Every day, 11 teenagers are fatally injured in car wrecks because they were texting while driving
What You Can Do
To raise awareness about the real risks of distracted driving, you can create awareness at work, at home, or in your community. Free materials can be obtained from the National Safety Council, where you can download posters, fact sheets, infographics, social media posts, and more. You can also pledge to drive cell-phone free and post your pledge, which can be found online, on social media.
Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Advocate for Victims Involved in Distracted Driving Accidents
If you have been injured in a car accident because of a distracted driver or any other negligent act, the Columbia car accident lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. can help. Please call us at 803-929-3600 or contact us online for additional information or for a free consultation. Our offices are conveniently located throughout South Carolina, helping us serve clients in Aiken County, Florence County, Kershaw County, Lancaster County, Lexington County, Newberry County, Orangeburg County, Richland County, Sumter County, and York County, including those in the towns of Aiken, Chapin, Columbia, Florence, Irmo, Lexington, Newberry, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, and Sumter.