The Travelers Companies, Inc. has announced the launch of the Every Second Matters national campaign, which is aimed at solving the problem of distracted driving in America. Many people are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, yet almost a quarter of Americans surveyed admit to engaging in such behavior. With the campaign, Travelers hopes to promote safe driving conduct because even one second of distraction can result in a potentially life changing accident.
The statistics are sobering:
- In the U.S. every day, nine people are fatally injured in a crash caused by a distracted driver, and 1,000 more are injured.
- Travelers found that 10 percent of the people they surveyed had been in an accident caused by their own distracted driving, and three out of 10 had experienced a near miss.
- Of over 1,000 employees surveyed, 43 percent said they answer or make work-related communications while driving. Age was not a factor when comparing millennials (18-34) with the group closest in age, Generation X (35-44). Over half of both groups said they make work-related communications while driving.
The Travelers educational series of symposia begins in North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Industry professionals, as well as leaders of the public and private sectors, will be discussing why drivers are so distracted, and will also be looking at new technology to help reduce those distractions. Participants include the National Safety Council, Road to Zero Coalition, NC Vision Zero, and the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina.
Efforts to Improve Safety
In conjunction with the campaign, Travelers is providing written materials exploring the trends in car accidents, and are offering tips for safe driving in the report, Every Second Matters: A conversation starter on reducing distracted driving risk. In Connecticut, Travelers supports the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicle’s (DMV) Teen Safe Driving Video Contest. Prizes are awarded to teens who produce the best original video about safe driving. By targeting new drivers and using peer-to-peer influence, the DMV hopes to keep roads safer.
Travelers emphasizes that the responsibility for changing social behavior lies with everyone, including drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Cell phone calls and texting are part of distracted driving, but anything that takes the driver’s attention away from the road qualifies as a safety risk. Those who observe distracted driving must speak up. Roadway fatalities are on the rise and something must change.
Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Represent Injured Victims of Distracted Drivers
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be eligible for compensation. The dedicated Columbia car accident lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. will fight to obtain the maximum allowable compensation for your injuries. Call 866-881-8623 today, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We have offices conveniently located in Columbia, Charleston, Rock Hill, Aiken, Florence, and Sumter, South Carolina, serving clients throughout the state, including in Columbia, Aiken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout the counties of Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County.