Schwartzapfel Partners know fatal car accidents can often be a result of distracted driving
Let’s face it, good driving comes down to adhering to all traffic laws and paying attention. A majority of traffic accidents are caused by distracted driving, often with disastrous results. The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that in 2008, 5,870 people lost their lives, and 515,000 were hurt due to car accidents caused by distracted driving. In May 2011, a report was issued by the American Automobile Association, which stated that distracted driving accounts for 9% of all serious or fatal crashes.
In today’s society, we have become brilliant multi-taskers. Our cars are designed with cup holders, in-dash entertainment, blue tooth, and navigation. Theoretically, we can eat, drink, watch a movie and talk on the phone while we hurl down the highway at 65 miles per hour. These activities are seriously jeopardizing our safety.
Here are some tips to stay safe and undistracted:
- Turn off your media, particularly your phone.
- If you need to make a call, pull over.
- Be familiar with your route before you get on the road.
- If you are traveling with children, get them everything they will need before you set out.
- Refrain from eating, drinking, smoking or reading while driving.