Blogs

THE DISTRACTED DRIVING EPIDEMIC

Posted by Sarah Showard | Jun 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

As a society, we have become addicted to our smartphones and the convenience and entertainment they provide us with. This addiction doesn't end when drivers get behind the wheel, creating a new crisis of distracted driving on our roads. What began as a problem with drivers talking on their phones has turned into texting and driving, and more recently browsing social media while driving, each behavior more distracting than the last. In fact, the FCC estimates that at any given moment, 660,000 Americans are using their cell phones while driving, exponentially increasing their risk of being involved in a collision, many of which result in injury or death.1

What Is Distracted Driving?

Distracted 20driving 20pic

In short, distracted driving is participating in any activity that removes your attention from the road. While the use of cell phones is certainly the most widespread contributor to distracted driving, several other behaviors are also responsible for the problem. Actions such as changing the radio station, checking a navigation system, eating, and conversing with passengers all seem harmless, but they can take a driver's attention away from the road for just a second--which is all it takes for a collision to occur.

How Can We Avoid Distracted Driving?

In order to combat the growing crisis of distracted driving, state and local government across the country have enacted laws intended to reduce the prevalence of distracting behavior. A "hands free" ordinance just went into effect in Pima County on June 1st, making it illegal to even touch a cell phone while driving.2 Though state governments across the nation have begun implementing strict distracted driving laws, these are not always the easiest laws to enforce, as law enforcement won't always be there to spot texting drivers. It will take a conscious, organized effort to convince drivers to put down their phones and engage in responsible driving habits.

Drivers can prevent distracted driving in their own vehicles by simply making distractions unavailable to them. Keep phones in your pocket, bag or purse to remove the greatest distraction in your vehicle right off the bat. If you need navigation help, enter your destination into the GPS before you start driving and set the system to vocalize directions so there is never a need to remove your eyes from the road. Refrain from constantly changing the radio station, or consider creating your own playlist to entirely remove the need to change the radio.

Small changes like these can help reduce your risk of causing a collision, making the road safer for you and those around you.

Stay Protected on the Road

Unfortunately, no matter how responsible you are behind the wheel, you have no control over other drivers, who may engage in behaviors that put you and your passengers in danger. Each day across the country approximately 9 people are killed and over 1,000 are injured in motor vehicle collisions involving a distracted driver.3 If you are involved in a collision with a distracted driver, protect yourself and hold them accountable for their actions by seeking out the right lawyers. The auto accident experts at Showard Law Firm have years of experience helping Tucson residents get the compensation they deserve after a collision with a negligent driver. To schedule your consultation, contact us online at www.showardlaw.com or call 520-622-3344.

1 https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/dangers-texting-while-driving

2 http://www.kgun9.com/news/local-news/pima-county-hands-free-cell-phone-ordinance-goes-into-effect-june-1

3 https://www.cdc.gov/Motorvehiclesafety/Distracted_Driving/index.html

About the Author

Sarah Showard

Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Women's Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorney, and has been representing plaintiffs since 1990. Sarah has a son, Benjamin, who recently graduated from The Gregory School and will attend ASU in the fall, with future plans to attend law school and eventually join Showard Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horseback riding and spending time in Sonoita with her husband Peter.

Comments

There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Showard Law Firm-Tucson's Local Law Firm for defective drug & medical device claims.

Showard law firm group photo

Showard Law Firm is dedicated to compassionate representation for our clients who have been injured by defective products, dangerous drugs or the negligence of any individual or company. We are experienced in litigation and ready to ensure you receive the maximum possible settlement for your injuries, medical bills, mental anguish and other losses.

Showard Law Firm celebrates 10 years

10th anniversary showard

2016 marked the 10th anniversary of Showard Law Firm. After 18 years of practice, and a prior ten-year partnership, Sarah Showard and her longtime assistant, Maria De La Rosa, opened the doors of Showard Law Firm in October 2006. Sarah and everyone at Showard Law Firm is proud to serve Southern Arizona as the local law firm for defective drug and medical device claims and personal injury.