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Combating Distracted Driving

Spring officially kicks off the national effort for police forces across the United States to crackdown on distracted drivers in hopes of decreasing fatalities on the road. In 2008 distracted driving caused 16 percent of fatal crashes, with an estimated 21 percent of car accident injuries involving distracting driving. Recent public awareness campaigns targeting both teens and adult drivers have resulted in a greater awareness associated with texting and driving. Even knowing that texting while driving makes a crash 23 times more likely to occur, nearly 40 percent of adults habitually continue to text while they drive. National statistics state that at any time of the day about 9 percent of drivers are talking on the cell phone resulting in about 26 percent of all car crashes involving cell phone use. Yet surprisingly cell phone use is not the leading cause of distracted driving fatalities, “daydreaming” accounts for nearly 62 percent of fatal car accidents. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident that was caused by another’s negligence do not hesitate to speak with an experienced Pennsylvania and New Jersey personal injury specialist.
Dangers of Distracted Driving:
According to the official distracted driving US government website, distracted driving is considered any activity that diverts a driver’s attention away from the primary task of driving. In 2012 an estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes in the United States with another 3,328 people fatally injured in distraction-affected crashes. After a serious car accident, broken bones, traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries, deep lacerations, burns, and soft tissue damage has been known to occur. Many of these injuries can require long-term rehabilitation, often requiring the injured party to relearn basic movements. Often times the injured party can be left disabled with mounting medically costs. Because of the seriousness of the offense, distracted driving is becoming better regulated, and in ways that many drivers may not consider. In Annapolis this week undercover cops set up multiple distracted driving stings where one cop scanned traffic then phoned in for the telltale signs of distracted drivers, including cell phone in hand, or more commonly head bobbing. Especially as April is the National Distracted Driving Awareness month police departments everywhere have stepped up their efforts in cracking down on distracted driving. Instead of getting a ticket for distracted driving you can help save lives everyday on the road by simply make the choice to not partake in any activity that diverts your attention from the primary task of driving.

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