We have all seen it. People driving down the road while trying to eat, talk on the phone, or perhaps even send a text message. What we often don’t think about is that each time they pick up a fry or dial a number, everyone on the road around them is in danger.
A recent study found that around 80 percent of auto accidents involve some form of driver distraction within 3 seconds before the accident occurs. As would be expected, these distractions often stem from cell phone usage. At least one survey has shown that 48 % of people between the ages of 18 and 24 have even sent text messages or emails while driving.
Several states, in response to problems caused by driving while distracted, have banned the use of handheld cell phones while driving. However, the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration has found that there really is not much difference between the use of handheld and hands free cell phones. People can be equally distracted either way. Further, enforcement of these laws has been problematic. As such, it is likely that the dangers of distracted driving will continue to be a problem for years to come.
If you are someone you know has been the victim of a distracted driver and needs help, contact us.