- Talking on a cell phone
- Personal grooming
- Talking to passengers
- Using a navigation or audio system
When you partake in any of these activities, it goes without saying that your focus is not 100 percent on the task at hand. As a result, the chance of causing an accident is much greater.
Some people continue to drive while distracted, despite the fact that the dangers are well known. Here are some facts and stats from the Official US Government Website for Distracted Driving:
- 3,328 people were killed in a “distraction-affected” crash in 2012.
- Approximately 421,000 people were injured in this type of accident in 2012.
- As of December 2013, more than 153 billion text messages were sent in the United States per month.
These three facts and stats prove two things to be true:
- Distracted driving can lead to both injuries and death.
- Text messaging continues to be a popular method of communication.
As the driver of a motor vehicle, you have the ability to make the right decisions at all times. This means avoiding all distractions while behind the wheel, no matter how tempted you may be.
On the other side of the equation, you have to concern yourself with other drivers on the road at the same time. Are they as concerned about the dangers of distracted driving as you? Could somebody in close proximity to your vehicle cause an accident because they were texting or taking part in another type of activity?
There is no way to control what other drivers do. What you can do is control your own decisions, while also being aware of what is going on around you at all times.
Have you been injured in a car accident? Do you believe another person should be held responsible? If you find yourself in this position, contact us for professional advice and guidance. We are here to answer all your questions.