Boca Raton Injury Lawyers: National Distracted Driving Awareness Month 2012

As we recently reported on our South Florida Injury Lawyer Blog, teenage girls are twice as likely to play with electronic devices at the wheel when compared to male drivers their same age, greatly increasing their risks for a car accident in Boca Raton and elsewhere.

But distracted driving is a problem among drivers of all ages? Our roadways are plagued with drivers who are paying little to no attention to the task at hand — driving. An alarming number of drivers would rather be making phone calls, sending text messages and engaging in other distractions, rather than keeping their mind on the road. For that reason, we’re taking the entire month of April to participate in National Distracted Driving Awareness Month 2012!

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the leader of the awareness month, the goal of the anti-distraction campaign is to help get drivers’ minds off of the electronic devices and back onto the roadway. To help achieve this goal, the NSC is asking drivers across the county to take this year’s pledge — the pledge to curb distractions behind the wheel.

Our Boca Raton accident attorneys understand that distracted driving took the lives of roughly 3,000 people on roadways across the country in 2010. There’s a time and place for everything, and behind the wheel is no time to engage in activities with electronic devices. The NSC estimates that about a fourth of all car accidents involves a cell phone-using driver. Luckily, these accidents aren’t our destiny. They’re actually rather simple to avoid. All you’ve have to do is put away the phone, text messaging device and electronic device.

“It’s time to start changing the social acceptance of cell phone use while driving,” said Janet Froetscher, CEO and president of the NSC.

The NSC will be using the entire month to help to raise awareness about the dangers and the risks that are associated with distracted driving.

Distracted Driving Facts:

-Causes nearly 500,000 injuries annually.

-About 20 percent of fatal accidents are the result of distracted driving.

-About one out of every four fatal accidents involves a distracted driver.

-In June of 2011, there were nearly 200 billion text messages sent/received in the U.S. That’s roughly 50 percent more than we saw in June of 2009.

-Although teen drivers are most likely to drive while engaging in distractions, drivers of all ages are guilty of the dangerous driving habit.

-Nearly 20 percent of teens who were involved in a fatal accident in 2009 were reported to have been distracted during the collision.

-Roughly 40 percent of American teenagers say they’ve been in a car with a cell phone-using driver.

-Drivers who use a hand-held device behind the wheel are nearly 5 times more likely to get into an accident.

-Drivers who text at the wheel are nearly 25 percent more likely to get into an accident.

-Using a cell phone behind the wheel gives a driver the same reaction abilities as a driver who is legally drunk.