Distracted Driving

QUICK FACTS:

  • In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
  • In NC & SC, it is illegal to text and drive.
  • The average time your eyes are off the road when texting: 5 seconds.
  • In 5 seconds traveling at 55 miles per hour, a vehicle travels longer than the length of a football field.

Distracted driving is caused by any type of distraction that takes attention away from the primary focus of driving safely. Driving while distracted injures nearly half a million people each year and kills thousands, according to Distraction.gov, an informational website provided by the federal government.

The widespread use of cell phones is a major source of distractions for drivers. In the time it takes to look at or type a text message, a driver might fail to see traffic ahead coming to a stop, or fail to see that a pedestrian is crossing the road. The danger of distracted driving has led many states and cities across the country to pass laws forbidding texting while driving.

The consequences of distracted driving can be life-changing, but unfortunately drivers continue this unsafe practice. In a 2010 study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than half of the respondents believed they could send a text or email while driving without affecting driving performance. However, 90% of the respondents said they would feel uncomfortable if they were a passenger being driven by a texting driver.

It is unfortunate that we continue to see car wrecks caused by drivers who are texting or doing something else on the phone while driving. Let us investigate whether distracted driving played a role in your collision. Call us at 704-376-1911 or 800-977-3077, or get in touch with us online for a free case evaluation.