Distracted driving related accidents killed 3,328 United States citizens in 2012 alone.
Also in 2012, distracted driving accidents caused 21% of all the fatal automobile accidents involving teenagers aged 15 to 19 years old. All of these are preventable deaths.
Though you are more than likely aware, distracted driving involves the driver of the vehicle doing any of the following actions while behind the wheel:
- using a cellphone to talk or text
- eating or drinking
- talking to, or looking at, another passenger in the vehicle
- using a GPS system
- watching a video
- adjusting the radio
- grooming in the mirror
Every American who gets behind the wheel of a car and drives on the roadways within our country is increasingly risking their safety. Distracted driving is clearly an epidemic and, without a doubt, a very serious safety issue and risk for all drivers.
Those less experienced are especially susceptible to injuries and fatalities in distracted driving related crashes. Studies have shown, in fact, that younger drivers who have just received their driver’s license have a false sense of security and confidence in their driving ability. This, in turn, places them at a much higher risk.
According to Charlie Klauer (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute leader), stated that,
“…novice drivers are more likely to engage in high-risk secondary tasks more frequently over time as they become more comfortable with driving.”
Studies show that this rate of secondary task engagement (as listed above) that teens engage in is one of the leading causes of auto accidents. This should lead all of us to do more to deter teens from this dangerous practice. We need to be talking to, and teaching, teens the rules of the road and safe driving behavior.
Here are some things parents can do to help prevent their teenagers from driving distracted, and perhaps save a life:
- Install a monitoring system in their car and make them aware of the system. These can be purchased at discounted prices from some insurance companies.
- Make sure they are aware of the laws in Texas, or the state you reside in. Make sure they are also fully aware of the consequences and penalties for distracted driving.
- Make sure you are setting the right example by putting your phone away and focusing on the road one hundred percent of the time you are driving.
- Take a pledge or sign a contract as a family to always drive phone-free and encourage friends to do the same.
No matter what the specific cause of an automobile accident is, if there was a distracted driver at fault, that driver could be held responsible for injuries of those involved. If you or a loved one are seriously injured or a life has been lost in such an accident, contact the Parker Law Firm. You will find legal counsel that is experienced in distracted driving cases. Not only this, we truly care about people and we put our clients first. Call us at (817) 503-9200 for a Complimentary Strategy Session today.