April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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April 3, 2013 | Auto Accidents |

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The National Safety Council (NSC) has named April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Throughout April, the NSC and the United States Department of Transportation hold campaigns to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. The third annual campaign, “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All,” was a push to help enact laws banning texting and hand-held phone use while driving.

Distracted Driving Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control, an average of nine people are killed and more than 1,060 are injured every day in crashed caused by distracted driving. In 2009 alone, nearly 16% of all fatal automobile crashes involved distracted drivers.

Drivers can be distracted by several events or items, but the most common distractions include cell phones, GPS units, and radios.

Dangers of Texting and Driving

Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes of the road for an average of 4.6 seconds—about as long as it takes to drive the length of a football field at 55 mph, according to researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

Texting and driving is extremely dangerous:

  • Using a cell phone while driving delays reaction time as much as having a blood alcohol concentration of .08, the legal limit for drunk driving
  • Drivers who use a hand-held device are 4 times more likely to get into a crash serious enough to cause injury
  • Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to get involved in a crash

You might assume teenagers are the main culprit of texting and driving, but a recent AT&T survey argues otherwise:

  • Approximately 180 million adult drivers on the road
  • 98% of adults admit that they should not drive while distracted, but 50% of adults admit to texting or emailing while driving
  • Approximately 10 million teenage drivers on the road
  • 43% of teenagers admit to texting or emailing while driving

Indiana Distracted Driving Laws

On July 1, 2010, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed legislation that prohibits the use of any telecommunications device to type, transmit, or read text messages or emails while operating a moving motor vehicle. If caught, offenders can face a fine of up to $500

Contact an Automobile Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a distracted driving accident, contact an Indianapolis auto accident attorney from Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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