Have you ever looked around when stopped at a red light, and noticed every single driver around you looking at their phones, talking on the phone, or even putting on makeup? Everyone thinks they will be ok taking their eyes off the road for a second, even at a red light. You might not see the person about to slam into the back of your sedan, or that car trying to merge into your lane a little too close for comfort.
Statistics show that there are more distracted drivers on the road at any given time than you would like to believe. In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. These people were doing the right things, simply driving not bothering anyone, when a distracted driver changed their lives forever. More people are injured every year from distractive motorists. 424,000 people were injured in 2013, which is an increase of 421,000 people who were injured in 2012. In Orlando, personal injury can happen at any time by a distracted driver. If you are simply going from one place to another, you shouldn’t have to worry about distractive drivers. But in reality you must always be on the lookout for a tragedy to strike. Even worse, if you are distracted, you could endanger your passenger’s lives or innocent bystanders.
No one ever thinks they will be a victim, but often it’s the motorists not looking that are affected by distracted driving. According to a PEW survey, 40% of all American teenagers reported being in a vehicle with a distracted driver at some point in their recent past. More specifically, the distracted driver was using a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. This means that one person’s selfish decision to be on their phones caused the injury of many people.
The FCC states that 11% of drivers between the ages of 18 to 20 who were involved in a crash admitted they were sending or received messages when the crash occurred. Granted, this only includes those who actually survived the crash. In Orlando, and other Central Florida cities, a personal injury can happen due to distracted driving anywhere. There are so many people and tourists packed together driving around at all hours of the day. At some point, accidents will happen to people you know, maybe even yourself.
People of all ages will admit to constantly checking their phones. We live in a digital world and are constantly immersed in it. The one place not to be distracted from phone use should be in a vehicle. An estimated 1 in 4 car crashes involves cell phone use, according to the National Safety Council. Driving and cell phone conversations, whether through calls or messages, can be very distracting. When trying to do both, your brain can not function doing either very well. It’s always a good idea to put the phone away when driving.
Distracted driving can happen anywhere, and at anytime. You yourself may fall victim to it. We as motorists have a duty to drive safely for ourselves and everyone around us on the roadways. “Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver,” according to the CDC. Each and every day someone is hurt or injured. In an enormous city like Orlando or Anywhere else, personal injury is a daily possibility. Motorists must drive defensively and be on the lookout for any possibility. If you are ever injured in an accident, we understand everything you are going through. Call IRS Medic for justice and compensation that you deserve.