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What will it take to reduce distracted driving statistics?

On Behalf of | Jan 26, 2018 | Blog

Most Florida drivers know that it is extremely dangerous to text and drive. Despite the fact that it has proved to be extremely dangerous, many people still engage in distracting activities behind the wheel. From smart phones to in-car technology, there are more things that could distract a driver than ever before.

At this time, distracted driving is one of the leading causes of fatal accidents across the United States. Researchers have spent a significant amount of time exploring why people text and drive, even if they know it is dangerous. Experts hope that understanding more about the motivation behind these behaviors could lead to better education and an eventual reduction in accidents related to distracted driving.

Why is distraction such as problem?

Since 2014, the number of distraction-related fatalities has increased. Statistics indicate that approximately 4,000 people die every year in accidents caused by distracted driving, and 1,000 people suffer injuries every day because of it. It’s a serious problem, yet there could be more than one way to fight this type of behavior. Consider the following facts about the way people view this behavior:

  • When polled, students were more likely to say texting and driving was selfish and irresponsible. Adults were more like to call it risky or dangerous.
  • Most people who text and drive continue to do so because they have not caused an accident or suffered any consequences from it.
  • There is evidence to suggest that people are more likely to refrain from texting and driving if a loved one or close friend asks them to stop.

It can be extremely helpful to study the perception of distracted driving in order to understand why people still do it. Changing people’s views on this type of dangerous behavior could play a key role in reducing the likelihood that a person will drive while physically, cognitively or visually distracted.

You can take a stand against distracted driving

You may wonder what you can do to combat this serious problem. If you are a victim of a distracted driving accident, one of the most important things you can do is to take the appropriate legal steps to hold that individual accountable.

This is possible by pursuing damages through a personal injury claim. You can learn more about this option by seeking help as soon as possible after an accident. With help, you may secure the compensation you deserve after a distracted driving accident.



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