Despite all the new technological advancements in automobile safety over the last few years, distracted driving remains an epidemic across the United States. In 2015 alone, distracted driving actually claimed the lives of 3,477. Sadly, even though we have millions of apps that have revolutionized daily life, we can’t quite figure out how to avoid driving while distracted — especially with the teenage population.
Approximately 78% of teenagers have admitted to reading or sending text messages while driving.
“It’s scary because it’s like people think [an accident] is never going to happen to them,” said Rebecca Beals, who was struck by a speeding vehicle in December. “I knew [the driver] was going to run into us with my daughter in the backseat and there was nothing I could do about it.”
Beals hit her head on her car’s visor, leaving with a concussion. luckily, her daughter was safe in the car seat, but it could have been much worse — and all could have been avoided if the driver was not texting.
Reading a text takes your eyes off the road for at least 5 seconds. At 55 miles per hour, reading a quick text can take your eyes off the road for the entire time it would take you to drive the length of a football field.
Because distracted driving is so prevalent and often relates in auto accidents and serious personal injury, it’s essential to stay in contact with trusted Tampa auto accident lawyers. If you or anyone you know was harmed by a distracted driver, after seeking immediate medical attention and contacting the authorities, your next move should be to call these Tampa auto accident lawyers.
There have been numerous campaigns across the nation that are attempting to encourage drivers to practice safe and distraction-free driving. According to Driving-Tests, a new pledge is focusing on the commitment to start driving phone-free. Here are the three aspects of the new pledge:
- I pledge to protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.
- I pledge to be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is distracted.
- I pledge to encourage my friends and family to drive phone-free.
If you’re in need of quality Tampa auto accident lawyers or want to find out more about putting an end to the distracted driving epidemic, give Herron Law a call right away. Drive safe and always pay attention.