Distracted driving can increase the chance of automobile accidents. In fact, each year, thousands of people are killed or injured by distracted drivers on the road. But with car manufacturers incorporating more and more technology into vehicle designs, it’s unlikely that the amount of distractions drivers face will decrease anytime soon.
Comprehensive research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has revealed that distracted driving is an even more serious problem than previously thought. After analyzing 1,700 videos taken from in-vehicle recordings, researchers found that nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe crashes involving adolescents were caused in part by distracted driving. The researchers found that the two most common types of distraction that led to accidents involved teens interacting with other passengers in the vehicle, and cell phone use. The findings highlight the need for greater awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and the importance of employing safe driving habits on the road.
A wide variety of different approaches are being taken to decrease the incidence of distracted driving, ranging from technological devices that prevent a driver from receiving or sending text messages while driving a vehicle, to educational programs targeted at young drivers.
One educational program is the End Distracted Driver (End DD) program, a nation-wide campaign intended to raise awareness and minimize distracted driving. Here in Louisiana, the Louisiana Association for Justice has co-presented the End DD program to about 8,500 students to date, teaching adolescents safe driving habits and working to reduce the incidence of distracted driving.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, please contact The Lambert Firm today for a consultation.