Focus When Behind the Wheel or Suffer the Possible Fearful Consequences of Distracted Driving
During the first quarter of 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded only 6,800 fatal car crashes all across the U.S. This count registered a 4.9 percent decrease from the 7,150 fatalities recorded during the same quarter the previous year. Despite the decrease, fatal accidents still register a big number, considering the fact that car accidents can be prevented, if only drivers will observe proper road behavior road safety rules.
The possible consequences of a car accident can be bruises and lacerations, injury to the neck, head or spinal column, amputated limb, bone fracture, painful and sore chest, neck, legs, arms and back or untimely death. The most causes of these injuries or fatality are driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI), driving beyond the speed limit and distracted driving – bad road behavior or driver errors which cause more than 90% of all road crashes.
For many years, the NHTSA has identified alcohol-impaired driving as the leading cause of car crashes. Recently, however, another cause has become more prevalent, one that even the most careful of drivers can be guilty of: distracted driving.
Distracted driving refers to any form of activity which can take a driver’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Over the years, the forms of distractions while behind the wheel has only continued to rise; from radios to miniature flat screen televisions to GPS devices and on-board computers. There are hundreds of things which can cause driving distractions. The ones that top the list, however, are food and drink, music, sleeping/dozing off, cosmetics, smoking, talking with a passenger, adjusting a gps or radio, looking at a map and, just when you thought that nothing can beat texting or calling/receiving a call at the top spot, guess again, for here is a new cell phone app that many drivers, especially the young, are frantic about: snapchat (a mobile app that allows users to send and receive photos and videos that last only within seconds, after which these self-destruct, thus, forcing drivers to make sure they see it).
Taking one’s eyes off the road, or taking even a hand off of the steering wheel while the other hand tries to reach for something, can result to a tragic accident. Young drivers, those aged between 18 and 25, are the ones identified to be the the most prone to distractions while driving. But the scary part is, despite knowing that getting distracted, specifically using a cell phone while driving, is dangerous, many of these drivers never even give the possible risks a thought, saying that they are in perfect control of the wheel; people who they injure or kill would have wanted this to be so true.
Law firms that handle personal injury cases, like the Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., for instance, says that paying full attention to the road and your surroundings is of utmost importance when you’re behind the wheel. Failure to do so can result in irreversible consequences, which include life-changing injuries, emotional trauma and steep expenses.
Negligence or carelessness is the major contributory factor in the various causes of car accidents. Negligence, however, can be dispelled and so make accidents avoidable. Drivers who continue to compromise the safety of others by allowing themselves to be distracted while driving will certainly face harsh punishments if they do cause an accident and harm others, that is if they themselves have not been seriously injured or have survived the accident.