According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed 3,142 lives in 2019 alone, and an estimated additional 424,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
You may think you know what distracted driving means. The common knowledge is that it includes any activity that takes your attention away from driving such as texting, talking on your phone, eating and drinking, turning the volume up on your stereo, and inputting an address on your GPS. What you may not know, is that it also includes things such as speaking to your passengers, looking for an item inside a purse, and even just talking on your phone that’s connected through Bluetooth technology. As long as your attention is diverted from the activity of driving, which should engage your full attention, you are at risk of getting injured or harming someone through distracted driving.
Texting or using a social media app on your phone such as Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook may take your eyes off the road for up to 5 seconds. If you are driving at 55 mph, that would mean driving the entire length of a football field with your eyes closed!
If you or someone you love has been injured by a distracted driver, call us at 512-474-4487 for your free initial consultation.