We see television commercials and hear radio commercials all the time about the dangers of texting and driving. We have seen videos of teens that only look away for a moment and the result is a horrible accident. These commercials and videos are accurate. However, there are many accidents that involve distracted drivers that have nothing to do with texting. Our motorcycle accident attorneys will show you a few of them below:
- Studies show that a whopping 62% of accidents happen due to a driver that is “lost in thought,” daydreaming, and simply not paying attention.
- Cell phone use
- Smartphones have become part of our day to day life. We tell our phone to play a list of music, to text our boss, and to check our email. If we see anything out of the ordinary, the first thing we do is grab our phone to record it. We may not be texting, but we can command our phone to text for us. When someone calls, we push the speaker button and carry on a conversation with them. We do all of this while we are moving at 45 miles per hour on busy streets.
- Have you ever seen traffic moving near an accident? How many times have you seen the watcher of the accident swerve or bump into the car in front of them? We don’t just look at accidents. We will look at the people in the car next to us. We will twist our heads to read a funny billboard. We simply cannot mind our own business and operate our car safely.
- 5% of accidents happen because the driver was talking to, laughing with, or looking at a passenger in their car. The passenger is often their child in a car seat. A parent trying to pass a cup or snack to a child strapped into a car seat in the backseat takes distraction to a whole new level.
- Eating, drinking, smoking
- A small percentage of distracted drivers admit to eating or drinking while they are driving. Roughly 1% of distracted drivers were smoking, trying to light a cigarette, or trying to put one out, at the time of the accident. No data was available on how many people were vaping while driving.
- This includes adjusting mirrors, seats, and seatbelts. It also includes changing the radio station. Turning up or down the music and adjusting the heat or air conditioning in the car. Let’s not forget the GPS.
Anything that grabs your attention while you are driving results in distracted driving. If you are driving with your puppy in your lap, it is a distraction. Trying to comb your hair, put on makeup, or shave with your battery powered shaver, it is distracted driving.
Sadly, in 2016, it is estimated that 3,500 people lost their lives in car accidents due to distracted driving. These numbers now show that distracted driving in the United States is an epidemic, but, it is an epidemic that is 100% preventable.
For more information, speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer today.