Make 2018 The Year Of Car Safety
As the clock ticks down toward 2018, many of us are following the tradition of setting a New Year’s resolution. Why not set your goal to increase your safety and the safety of your loved ones? Stop texting and driving.
According to the National Safety Council, 1.6 million crashes occur each year due to cell phone use while driving.
- Sixty-four percent of collisions in the United States have a cell phone involved, which is over half of all road collisions.
- Each year over 330,000 collisions caused by texting while driving lead to severe injuries.
- One in four auto collisions in the U.S. is caused by texting while driving.
- Texting and driving make you six times more likely to get to be involved in a collision then drunk driving.
- It takes an average of three seconds after a driver’s mind is taken off the road for any road collision to occur. You are distracted for a minimum of five seconds every time you read a text message which means if you are traveling at 55 miles per hour, that is equivalent of traveling the length of a football field blindfolded.
So, is that enough reason to entice you commit to putting your phone down while driving?
One more stat: 92 percent of people fail to fulfill their New Year’s resolution every year. Follow these easy suggestions to make sure your new safety resolution successful.
Out of sight, out of mind
Keep your cell phone out of reach while driving by keeping it in your purse, inside your glove compartment or on the passenger side floor. You will be less compelled to reach for it and more focused on the road as a safe driver.
As soon as we hear our ringtone, we are instantly distracted and want to find out who is trying to contact us. To avoid this temptation, just switch your phone to silent mode, or turn it off entirely for the duration of your drive.
If turning off your cell phone is not an option, download a drive mode app which will block all text messages and all messaging platforms for the duration of your drive.
Lead by example
To all the Moms and Dads out there, the most efficient way to stop using your phone while driving is by thinking about your children’s safety. Your children are greatly influenced by your driving behavior and are likely to share your driving habits.
A total of 11 teenagers die each day because they were texting while driving. Make sure you teach your children that no text message is more important than your life. Start off your new year by committing to something that will make a difference for not just the rest of the year, but the rest of your life.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
If you or someone you love, have been injured or killed due to the carelessness of a distracted driver contact us immediately. You deserve compensation for your pain, suffering, medical bills, lost wages and other losses. The team of attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm has over 35 years of experience protecting the rights of injured victims across Texas and the nation.
Contact us anytime, we are available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Written by Jill Fowler