Car Accident Injuries Growing Due to Distracted Driving

by Monty Yolles on November 5, 2012

Don’t Drive Distracted

A DOT-sponsored study found that sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road an average of 4.6 seconds.  That may not sound like much time, but the study shows 4.6 seconds is the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field at 55 mph.  Now imagine driving 55 mph on a busy, curvy, or mountainous highway for 4.6 seconds with your eyes close.  Sending or receiving text messages can have the same effect as driving with your eyes closed.

According to the DOT’s Distracted Driving website, texting and driving increases your risk of accidents and injuries substantially:

  • In 2010, 3092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.
  • 40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger.
  • Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.
  • Headset cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use.

As we speed through life with advanced technology at our fingertips, it is crucial for every driver to take the pledge not to allow ourselves to be distracted while driving, and to further encourage our children and other adults to do the same.

The Yolles Legal Group is dedicated to restoring people’s lives by helping accident victims recover monetary damages.  Monty Yolles, founder of The Yolles Legal Group, is an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney who can review your case and help you navigate the legal system on your road to recovery.  Call Monty Yolles today at (301)670-0443 to discuss your case, or send an email inquiry to monty@yolleslaw.com.

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