Is my concern about distracted drivers justified?
Teenage drivers’ inexperience, mistakes and illegal behaviors can place themselves and others in jeopardy. While reckless driving, speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are known problems, the increase in distracted driving has long been a challenge that is known to cause collisions with injuries and fatalities.
The temptation to divert attention from where it should be – the road – to a cellphone or other in-vehicle features can be overwhelming. Many cannot resist it. For teens, it is alluring, so much so that law enforcement is openly expressing its fears. All drivers should know about this and think about how to stay safe in a worsening landscape.
Law enforcement prepares for the summer
To emphasize the problem of distracted driving, law enforcement has been talking to students about proper safety practices on the road. Summer is coming quickly and with it, more teens will be on the road. It is understandable that young people are excited and enthusiastic about driving. That obscures the life-changing responsibility implied with being allowed on the road.
Even if teens say they will put their devices down and focus on safety, they can still allow curiosity to get the better of them when they receive a notification that there is a message or the phone rings. Statistically, there are around 3,000 fatalities on an annual basis because of distracted driving across the United States. Younger drivers have a 400% greater chance of being in these types of accidents than more experienced drivers. Distracted driving is believed to be just as much of a risk as drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Even with Florida having a citation program in place for people who drive distracted, some still do it making education a priority to nip it in the bud.
Knowing how to move forward after a distracted driving crash
In short, drivers who are thinking there might be a growing risk to sharing the road with teens once school ends because of the possibility of distracted driving are well within reason for doing so. When there is a crash, one of the first things people think about today is whether the other driver was distracted and this led to the accident. Simply glancing down at the phone for three seconds allows a driver to travel a vast distance and possibly go into the wrong lane, run a red light or hit a person who was crossing the street.
Distracted driving is not limited to texting, making phone calls or checking for directions. People make videos on their phones, use social media and do much more to make it irresistible for them. This causes distracted driving auto accidents. Since there can be brain trauma, spinal cord damage, broken bones, cuts, bruises and more, it is wise to know what to do after a collision. Having assistance with trying to recover financially for medical costs and lost income is imperative. When families have been left behind, they must think about their future and how they can get beyond the unexpected loss. Discussing the situation with experienced people can help with deciding how to proceed.