10 Deadly Facts About Distracted Driving

10 Deadly Facts About Distracted Driving

It goes without saying that we cannot last a single day without being connected to the digital world. In a 2012 poll by TIME, an astounding 84% of respondents worldwide said they can’t go a day without their smartphone. It’s not terribly hard to see why, either. With the dawn of the mobile age, we can watch videos, play games, and stay connected with our friends and family no matter where we are in the world. It’s a huge advantage in most situations, but it’s this constant connectivity that’s increasing the number of auto accidents worldwide. Think Texting is Harmless? You’ve undoubtedly heard this argument before: what’s the difference between listening to the radio or talking to my friends in the car, and sending a text? There is a world of difference. In total, distracted driving accounts for 20% of all car accidents in the United States. Texting, which requires an average of 4.6 seconds of focus being redirected from the road to your phone, is one of the biggest contributors. As you might imagine, the most likely offenders are our teenagers. Nearly three-quarters, or 71%, of teens admit to writing an SMS text message while driving, and 78% say they’ve read a text message,. Drivers under the age of 20 already have the highest proportion of distracted driving related automobile accidents in the country, thanks in no small part due to inexperience and inability to focus on the road. By adding texting to the fray, is it any wonder that 13% of drivers ages 18 to 20 admitted to texting at the time their accidents occurred in 2011?...
Are You the Reason Your Child Texts and Drives?

Are You the Reason Your Child Texts and Drives?

[custom_frame_left][/custom_frame_left]When children reach the age where they can legally seek out a driver’s permit and begin to learn the rules of the road, it’s often one of the most terrifying, stressful times for parents. It’s no great secret that it will take teenagers years to develop the skill necessary for parents to stop worrying every time they get on the road. However, what if you found out that one of the biggest threats to your children’s driving safety is actually your driving habits? According to a study of Michigan parents being treated for auto accidents, recently published in Academic Pediatrics, 90% of parents admit to talking on the phone while driving. Additionally, two-thirds admit to talking on the phone and 15% admit to texting while their children are in the vehicle. In other words, parents are setting their children up for uncomfortable, expensive meetings with injury accident attorneys, if not a date with an emergency room doctor. Teens Are Already Extremely Likely to Get into a Crash Let’s be honest: the likelihood of our teens winding up in an accident and having to pay car accident compensation is already pretty good. As statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show, teen drivers between the ages of 16 to 19 years old are three-times more likely to get into an accident as drivers 20 years old and older. Annually, teen drivers account for 29% of all auto accidents in the United States, despite making up only 14% of the driving population. Clearly, our children don’t need any extra distractions that could land them in a hospital bed — or in...