Distracted Driving

by mike wyatt, personal injury attorney

Personal Technology is changing the way we live our day-to-day lives, especially how we communicate.  Personal Technology has the great potential to be a blessing, a curse, and needless to say, a distraction-distracting us from what is real and important in our lives.  In our lifetime, there is a good chance that you or a loved one will be a victim of a distracted driving auto accident.

I present to you recent information that will encourage your awareness of the potential dangers of distracted driving. Each of us as users of personal technology has the responsibility to remain undistracted when driving, for the good of others – especially our loved ones.

“Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system-anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.” -NHTSA

Here are a few facts about distracted driving:

  • Studies show us that you are 23 times more likely to crash while texting and driving.
  • Each day, there are an average of 9 people killed due to distracted driving.
  • Upwards of 1,060 people are injured daily in crashes that involve a distracted driver.
  • 1 out of 3 people admit to texting while they drive.
  • 40% of teenagers in the U.S. say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put other people in danger.
  • In 1 out of every 5 auto accidents, distraction was reported as the main contributing factor.
  • The amount of brain activity associated with driving is reduced by 37% when sending or receiving a text.
  • Distracted driving via texting takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalency of driving length of an entire football field at an average speed.

Protect loved ones and other drivers from distracted driving:

  1. Put your phone on silence when driving.
  2. Use new technology on your phone to make others aware that you are unavailable when driving.
  3. Remove the temptation by placing device in a purse, backpack, or console when driving.

Educate others, especially your children, of the dangers of having the phone in plain sight when driving. Start by setting an example for your passengers.

Possible injuries incurred from distracted driving:

Auto accidents caused by distracted driving can cause permanent injury and even death, the most common injuries are:

  • Whiplash
  • Neck (cervical spine injuries)
  • Back (thoracic and lumbar spine) injuries
  • Orthopedic/joint injuries
  • Concussion/head/brain trauma
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Knee damage
  • Chronic fatigue and other symptoms such as anxiety

If you have been involved in a distracted driving accident, there are important steps to take to assure you are properly taken care of physically, legally, and financially. If you have been in a distracted driving accident that has caused personal injury, contact Mike Wyatt of Mann, Wyatt & Rice.


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