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Distracted Driving Awareness

Steve Wagner

Distracted driving is not a new topic, but with the increase of technology usage, accidents are increasing and distracted driving is becoming more of a problem than ever before.

Talking on cell phones while driving is a major cause of car accidents, and the number one cause of driver distraction. The National Safety Council confirms that drivers using cell phones caused 21% of all car crashes in 2011. There were over 1.1 million crashes that year because drivers chose to divide their attention between the road and talking on their phones, and over 160,000 crashes were caused because drivers were texting rather than focusing on the road.The average cost of property damages per distracted driving accident was $9100.

Did you know that a driver is four times as likely to crash when operating a cell phone? Distraction caused by the cell phone covers all three types of driver distractions: visual, manual and cognitive. Hands-free devices offer some safety benefit, as they do not eliminate the cognitive distraction of a conversation. Conversation and driving are two tasks that require thinking, and studies have repeatedly shown that the human brain cannot multitask when performing similar tasks, and that our attention alternates between one task and another (i.e. driving and having a conversation on a cell phone).

Wagner Reese wants to continue raising awareness for Distracted Driving, and we plan to make drivers understand the dangers of cognitive distraction to the brain, and hopefully decrease the occurrence of cell phone usage while driving.

If you or your loved ones have been victims of Indiana distracted driving accidents, get in touch with Wagner Reese to file a suit and claim the damages that are rightfully yours. Education, combined with laws and high-visibility enforcement is the key to improving road safety. You can contribute to distracted driving awareness, by pursuing justice alongside the efforts of Wagner Reese.

Give us a call today for more information on how we can assist you through this process and help you get the settlement you deserve for the suffering you’ve endured as a result of distracted driving.

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