The Dangers of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is not a new phenomenon. There have always been distractions on the road; however, recent developments in technology have led to more and more distractions and more accidents resulting from distractions than ever before.
Did you know that Distracted Driving was listed as the cause for over 3100 deaths in traffic accidents last year? Distracted Driving was also a factor in at least 18% of all traffic accidents in the United States.
Cell phones, mp3 players, advanced radio systems, tablets, and all forms of portable technology or interactive car systems are often the cause for such distractions on the road. Technology can often be a blessing, but when it is used incorrectly or irresponsibly, it is a frightening curse. If we account for the fact that most driving distractions nowadays are being caused by some form of technology, we would realize that cell phones (and other similar devices) are, in essence, killing thousands of people every year.
So what is being done to stop this horrific trend? Indiana has placed a ban on all texting and driving (I.C. 9-21-8-59), and a complete ban on any cell phone usage while driving if you are under the age of 18 (I.C. 9-24-11-3.3). However, are laws enough to make people put down their phones while driving? No state has a blanket cell phone ban in effect as of yet, in spite of recommendations to do so from the National Transportation Safety Board.
Many of the major cell phone providers now have active ad campaigns to raise awareness and help put an end to texting and driving. Dozens of other organizations (Ad Council, Stop the Texts Stop the Wrecks, Car & Driver, Safe Texting Campaign, etc.) and car manufacturers have stepped up to give a voice to the victims of technology-related distracted driving accidents. Only time will tell whether these campaigns are making a real impact, but the awareness that’s being raised on the issue is admirable.
We hope that our readers will remember to think twice before picking up their cell phones while behind the wheel. While it may seem harmless at the time, no one ever plans to have an accident, and yet over 3000 people are killed each year as a result of these types of distractions.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a distracted driver, the law offices of Wagner Reese are here to assist you in recovering financial compensation. Please give us a call today to schedule your free consultation with our Indiana motor vehicle accident attorneys.