April is a nationally designated month to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, which took the lives of 3,450 people in 2016. Doubtless this deadly trend continued in 2017 and into 2018.
Here are the most common forms of distracted driving:
- Reading, sending or typing a text
- Talking on a phone
- Getting preoccupied with your in-dash navigation or audio system
- Trying to make adjustments to your navigation as you drive
- Personal grooming
- Applying makeup
- Reading anything – a map, a book, an electronic screen etc.
- Trying to break up a fight between your children in the backseat
- Daydreaming or obsessing about something that happened at work
As you can see, there are many things that can distract from the task of driving. As motorists, it is our responsibility to focus only on driving. Even if it is the trip you make day after day, the same route to and from work or your children's school, new challenges arise every second on our roads. Concentration is a skill necessary to avoid accidents.
Consider these startling statistics for the year of 2016, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last collected data:
- 3,450 people killed because of distracted driving
- 391,000 injured because of distracted driving
- 481,000 motorists are using cell phones during the day, while driving
Don't become a statistic like this, and don't let your family and passengers suffer this type of injury or fatality either. Concentrate on the task at hand and spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted driving accident in Boulder, Broomfield or any of the surrounding areas, please call experienced accident attorney Chris Jeffress, at 303-993-8685, for a free case evaluation.