April is distracted driving awareness month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than nine people are killed and 1,153 people are injured every day due to an accident caused by a distracted driver. In 2013, 3,154 people were killed and 424,000 were injured due to distracted drivers.
There are three different types of distraction:
- Visual distractions are when the driver takes his/her eyes off the road
- Manual distractions are when the driver takes his/her hands off the steering wheel
- Cognitive distractions are when the driver takes his/her mind and focus off of the driving task
Distracted driving is any activity that takes a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving safely. Some of the biggest culprits causing drivers to become distracted while driving are:
- Watching videos
- Adjusting radio stations or iPods
- Talking to passengers
- Talking on the phone
New studies reveal that distracted driving statistics among teenagers are worse than originally thought. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 58 percent or almost 6 out of 10 accidents involving teenagers were caused by some form of distracted driving. Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving because it involves all three main types of distraction, visual, manual, and cognitive.
Distracted driving accidents can be prevented. Following some distracted driving prevention tips could help drivers stay focused on the road and decrease the risk of getting involved in an accident:
- Put the phone away! Do not attempt to text and drive. In the event of an emergency, pull the car over to a safe location before texting or calling someone. Check with your app provider for an app that can help disable your phone while you are behind the wheel.
- Set GPS systems or music before putting the car in motion
- Do not attempt to finish getting ready for the day behind the wheel
- Avoid eating on the road, especially while driving
- Focus on the task at hand and to getting to the destination safely
If you are injured due to an accident caused by a distracted driver, Burnetti, P.A. car accident attorneys may be able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve for medical bills, future treatment and therapy, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For more information, visit burnetti2.wpengine.com and initiate a chat with our online operator or call 1-888-BURNETTI.