National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

According to distraction.gov, approximately 660,000 drivers are using electronic devices while driving in any given moment of daylight. This alone makes our roads much more dangerous than before. Last year 463 people were killed by distracted driving and 3,076 people were seriously injured in Texas according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

Kinds of distracted driving

Some may read these statistics and think they are not part of the 660,000 distracted drivers a minute. Before you become so sure, understand the types of distracted driving and know that you may be participating in this risky behavior without much thought.

Many people instantly think of texting and driving. With the high rising deaths from the reckless act, campaigns have run wild in an attempt to encourage people to not engage in the dangerous behavior. Texting and driving makes you 27 times more likely to get into a crash. Unfortunately, it takes many people to become one of these statistics themselves to really believe it. The good news is you can stop right away.

The three types of distracted driving are visual, manual and cognitive.

All three kinds of distracted driving are dangerous and all cost thousands of lives each year. This shows how dangerous texting and driving is, as it falls under all three categories.

If someone causes a crash because he or she was distracted, it is hard to get away with it. Investigators in the field have become experts at determining if a crash is caused by distracted driving. If someone is killed or injured, the distracted driver can face criminal charges. Expert testimonies from investigators have been known to overpower a driver’s denying of distracted driving.

These crashes tend to be the most dangerous and cause the most tragedy for both parties. With that being said, these crashes are also the most avoidable. Stay alert. Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel and your mind in the car. It could save lives.

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