Too often, distracted driving is not officially linked to certain accidents mostly because it’s hard for officers to prove that the driver was using a phone while behind the wheel.
Because it’s still hard for officers to be allowed a warrant to search phone records in order to identify the precise moment the driver was using his or her phone prior to the accident, many accidents that do occur due to distraction or phone use are not registered properly.
According to recent statistics, however, nine people are killed daily in auto accidents caused by distractions. Victims of distracted driving accidents caused by the most varied types of distractions such as phone use, radio or even talking to passengers, have been speaking out against distracted driving by sharing their personal stories.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, somebody dies in every 2,6 hours in a distracted driving accident every day. That means that nine people die every day in distracted driving crashes. The CDC also reported that over 1,000 others are injured in distracted driving crashes daily as well.
Most accidents are preventable, experts suggest. Drivers that should be solely focused on the road ahead choose to multitask, increasing the risk of accidents that could otherwise be prevented if the driver were simply focused on driving.
Safety experts and federal officials have been urging drivers to simply put their phones down and focus only on driving their vehicles. Multitasking can be a great quality in several other situations but not behind the wheel.
Multiple studies have already proved that drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident while distracted. A few seconds of distraction are enough to keep your focus away from what is going on ahead, increasing the risk of a collision since your response timing is reduced. Experts urge drivers to either forget about their phones or pull over to a safe place to use their phones.
Whether you choose to pull over or continue driving, make sure that you never forget that safety should be your main concern while operating a vehicle.
Because most drivers forget that they are responsible for their safety and the safety of others, they tend to believe that their phone use or occasional distractions are harmless. All it takes is a few seconds of distraction for a major collision to take place so do not allow this to happen, focus on the road ahead and put your phone down.
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