Texting and Distracted Driving Kills and Injures More than Drunk Driving
In the age of accessibility, we need to educate our young, and even our old, the danger of distracted driving
Texting and driving takes many people’s lives on a daily basis. Unfortunately, this act of distracted driving is certainly not restricted to motor vehicles. Recently, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published a finding showing that texting by the pilot of a medical helicopter caused a collision which killed four individuals in Missouri.
The NTSB states that distractions from digital gadgets, such as cell phones, tablets, etc. are definitely a rising variable in occurrences across many forms of transport– airplanes, locomotives, automobiles, trucks as well as boats. At Franklin D. Azar & Associates, our personal injury attorneys have dealt with numerous unfortunate cases which could possibly have been prevented had the individual driving the vehicle never been distracted in the first place. Unfortunately, sending out a text is certainly not the sole diversion that creates an auto accident.
Running any type of machinery, instrument, or vehicle of any sort calls for your undistracted attention. Using a mobile phone, eating and drinking, speaking with other riders, fixing your hair/makeup, studying, using a gps device, viewing a movie, as well as changing the radio station are additional similar distractions which could trigger a terrible collision within seconds of looking away from the road.
Urge your friends and family to preserve lives simply by not ever texting or even speaking on the mobile phone or taking part in any type of activity which distracts these people from operating a vehicle. Speak up if the driver of any vehicle you find yourself in is distracted. Urge loved ones to drive phone free as well as distraction-free. The best method to get from one location to another is to put down your phone, concentrate and drive. Turning off down your mobile phone as well as eliminating the distraction whenever you’re behind the steering wheel of any type of motor vehicle may save lives – perhaps even your very own.
A published report via the Cohen Children’s Medical Center, in New York, has indeed validated what people have certainly feared; texting when driving kills more adolescents annually compared to drinking and driving. Through the huge increase regarding wireless technology– a few of you might be seeing this blog post on your mobile devices at this moment– has indeed also come a surge of distracted motoring. It is actually approximated that this year 3,000 adolescents will likely die and 300,000 will likely be hurt due to texting and driving. Compare that along with drinking and driving which will likely kill 2,700 and hurt 282,000 teenagers.
The sole method to fight this particular issue is with education. Similar to the effective MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) program, collective initiatives need to be made to inform young people and grownups equally, regarding the risks of distracted driving. Culturally, we need to reposition our association using wireless technology and acknowledge that texting (or even browsing the web) while driving is abhorrent, and as horrendous as drinking and driving.
If you have been injured in an auto accident due to a distracted driver, call the law offices of Franklin D. Azar & Associates today at 1-800-916-2005. We will help you recover and help protect your, and your family’s, future.
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