With the continuing proliferation of mobile devices, distracted driving is quickly becoming the most common form of reckless and inattentive driving that we encounter on a daily basis. Many people do not realize just how distracted they are when they choose to look down at the phone while driving on a street or highway. Did you know that taking your eyes off the road while driving 55 miles per hour, for even one sec means that you will have missed traveling the length of a football field? A typical text messages takes up to five seconds to send. If a child runs out into the road or a car in front of you suddenly brakes that means you are probably going to be involved in a car accident at high speed, with no time to react or avoid the collision. That should be a scary thought for anyone.
Evaluating The Risks
It is important for all drivers to keep a cell phone out of their hands while operating a motor vehicle. The latest statistics show motor vehicle fatalities are up 6% from 2015. More than 40,000 people were killed in car accidents last year. There is no doubt that distracted driving contributed heavily to many of the fatalities experienced across our nation.