BLOG- The Dangers Of Distracted Driving
Distracted Driving... SMH
This weeks blog entry is about distracted driving. It is a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately for both professional and personal reasons. This week a good friend of mine was rear ended on I-4 in Orlando, the driver hit him at 50 mph which not only totaled both vehicles, but sent my friend to the hospital. The driver of the vehicle that caused the accident was texting on his phone at the time of the crash. Luckily, neither driver was seriously injured, but it could have been much worse. My friend still has to deal with trip to the emergency room and a week on light duty. As I write this he is laying in bed suffering from back pain. The impact was so hard that he had a temporary disorientation and loss of motor skills.
Most of these incidents have a more sever outcome. I personally have seen lives and families torn apart from distracted driving. With texting being the leading cause of accidents for teenagers, it claims thousands of lives each year. Research shows that the reduced time of drivers reactions is about the same as driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 which would make you legally intoxicated. In 2013, 3154 people were killed in traffic accidents involving distracted driving and texting.
The most frequent types of distracted driving are
Did you know that taking your eyes off the road for five seconds at 55 miles per hour it is similar to driving the length of a football field (100 yards) blindfolded? Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved in a collision than attentive drivers.
So, as your insurance agent, and your friend, PLEASE, try alternatives like waiting to have the car parked, (not at a traffic light), to send the text. Program the address in the GPS navigation system before you leave the driveway, and please, turn the music down and allow enough travel time that you are not in a rush. Drive thru food is convenient but please wait till you are parked to eat.
Its also worth mentioning that if you have one of these incidents, you will be charged with an At Fault Accident which will make your auto insurance rates go up.
Finally, just show a little courtesy to fellow drivers, we all have a destination to get to and someone in our lives that do not want to see us hurt.
Please, take care. and try to educate your friends and family about this danger
For additional information on driving see Distraction.gov