Are you able to watch your favorite show while you talk with a friend on the phone? Of course not. You can only focus on one of these activities at a time. The same is true when you use your cell phone while you drive. Even if both of your hands are on the wheel, you need 100% of your focus on driving.
Distracted driving is engaging in any activity that diverts your attention from the road. It can be eating while driving, fidgeting with the radio, or talking to other passengers. The most common and dangerous form of distraction is talking or texting on your cell phone.
The Numbers to Get You Focused
Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while reading a text message. At 55 miles per hour, you will blindly blow past the length of a football field. These statistics should make you bet on taking greater precautions:
- 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving accidents from 2018
- 400,000 people were injured in those accidents
- 10% of distracted driving fatalities are teen drivers
Be a More Prepared Driver
Our daily cell phone use is a major source of distraction. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates 25% of all crashes involve cell phones. Furthermore, it has found that both hand-held and hands-free usage make a crash 4 times more likely.
It’s time to become a more prepared driver:
- Set your GPS and start your music playlists before you start driving
- If you need help keeping your hands off the phone, download an app to break the habit. The Department of Motor Vehicles recommends LifeSaver-Distracted Driving, Mojo, and TrueMotion Family
Lawyers Who Focus on What’s Right
At Sam & Ash, LLP, we help our clients get the treatment they need and help get justice when the insurance company won’t deal fairly. Our mission is to make things easier after an accident.
No one deserves to be injured in an accident. Preventing one is often as easy as putting your phone away. And we urge you to do What’s Right. But if an accident does happen, we will be here for you day or night. Call us to discuss a plan for your case at 1 (800) 304-2000. We will stay focused on What’s Right for you.