With the National Safety Council (NSC) sponsoring Distracted Driving Awareness Month for April, it’s a good time to take a look at some little-known facts about this form of negligence and the major role it plays in many motor vehicle accidents. Here and in a few upcoming installments to this blog, we will highlight and discuss six facts about distracted driving.
If you have been hurt in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, the Mount Vernon car accident lawyers at Hassakis & Hassakis are ready to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Fact 1: Distracted drivers can miss about half of the visual cues they need to see in order to drive safely.
When drivers try to multi-task when behind the wheel, they can miss as much as 50 percent of the important information they need to take in while driving. Effectively, this would be similar to blacking out half of their windshield and rearview/side mirrors.
Fact 2: While many drivers recognize the dangers of distracted driving and think that it’s dangerous for other drivers, they still engage in these practices themselves.
Despite the fact that most adults are aware that texting and other forms of multi-tasking while driving are dangerous, they still engage in these behaviors themselves. In fact, more than 50 percent of drivers in a recent survey stated that they were confident that they could safely drive while texting, with some even saying that it’s easy for them to handle both tasks at the same time.
However, as the NHTSA has reported, texting while driving causes drivers, on average, to take their eyes off of the road for about 5 seconds. This can mean that drivers end up traveling the length of a football field without looking at the road when they are driving at around 50 mph.
We will be continuing this discussion of distracted driving facts in a few upcoming installments of this blog. Be sure to check them out – and to do your part to support the NSC’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month by putting down your cellphone and turning off your hands-free device while driving. It could reduce your risk of accidents and ultimately save lives.
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Have you been hit by a distracted driver? If so, the Mount Vernon car accident lawyers at the law firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C. are ready to fight for you. Since 1950, our experienced attorneys have been focusing on our clients’ needs and doing everything we can to help them get the maximum possible compensation for their losses and injuries.
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If you have been injured in a distracted driving-related accident or in any type of motor vehicle accident, contact us by calling (888) 896-9381 or by emailing us using the form at the upper right-hand side of the page. We can provide you with a free, thorough assessment of your case, along with professional advice regarding the best manner in which to move forward.