Did you know approximately 660,000 drivers are using their cell phones or other electronic devices while driving, according to an ongoing survey by NOPUS (National Occupant Protection Use Survey)?
The U.S. Government’s website for distracted driving – www.distraction.gov – reports 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2014.
There are various forms of distracted driving which may include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
- Attending to animals in the car;
- Powerful emotions, such as anger, frustration, or even elation/enthusiasm.
According to the Department of Transportation, anything that takes your mind or vision off the focus of operating your vehicle safely may increase your risk of getting into a crash. So what can you do?
Distration.gov offers numerous resources to educate others about the dangers of distracted driving.
If you or a loved one has suffered due to a distracted driving accident, please contact us.