Another Reminder of the Dangers of Distracted Driving - And a Pledge to NOT Text and Drive

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 24-Jul-2017

In recent years, a number of campaigns have initiated to urge against texting and driving, with varying degrees of success. Multiple states have enacted laws to ban texting while driving. According to the National Safety Council, although everyone is confident they are able to multitask while driving, it is actually not really possible to successfully do two things well at the same time.

Listed on the National Safety Council’s promotional material are some of the myths relating to distracted driving:

  • “MYTH: Drivers can multitask.
  • REALITY: The human brain cannot do two things at the same time – like watch tv and hold a phone conversation. The same is true when driving and talking on your phone. The brain switches between the two tasks which slows reaction time.
  • MYTH: Talking on a cell phone is just like speaking to a passenger.
  • REALITY: Backseat drivers are good for you. Adult passengers heal the driver and alert drivers to traffic problems. People on the other end of phones can’t see what’s going on.
  • MYTH: Speaking hands-free is safe to use while driving.
  • REALITY: Drivers talking on cell phones can miss seeing up to 50% of their driving environments, including pedestrians and red lights.
  • MYTH: I only use my phone at stop lights so it’s ok.
  • REALITY: Even at stop lights, it is important to remain an attentive driver. For example, a recent AAA study shows that people are distracted up to 27 seconds after they finish sending a voice text.
  • MYTH: Voice-to-text is safe to do while driving.
  • REALITY: It is actually still very distracting. You’re not only mentally distracted, but you’re visually distracted due to the common autocorrect errors.”

While it is acknowledged that teens are the most distracted age group while driving, adults text and drive even more than teens do, according to a 2013 study done by AT&T. Updated statistics likely reveal some changes in the past four years, but the fact remains that texting while driving is not a problem solely for teens. This mistaken belief may even contribute to the number of adults who text and drive.

Even though 98% of adults know that texting while driving is unsafe, 49% of adults still text and drive. Many states even have more restrictions on cell phone use for teen drivers than adult drivers.

Texting while driving is an especially dangerous form of distracted driving. It takes the driver’s eyes and mind off the road and at least one hand off the wheel. Texting leads to an average of 1,600,000 auto accidents every year.

Set a good example for the teens in your life. Take a pledge to not text while driving.

If you or a loved one is injured in an auto accident, contact the Washington DC personal injury attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC to explore possible legal options.

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