For some time now, distracted driving has been a prevalent factor in American road deaths. Ars Technica reports that, since peaking at 15 percent about a decade ago, distracted driving has held steady at causing about 10 percent of road deaths.
Distracted driving causes serious - and sometimes fatal - injuries to many Columbia injury victims. It is up to South Carolina road users to make choices that make our roads safer for everyone.
Awareness Has Not Stopped the Problem
In order to address the problem of distracted driving, it is important to understand it. Major insurance carriers such as Esurance have conducted studies toward this end. Interestingly, Esurance found a disconnect between drivers’ beliefs about distracted driving and their willingness to engage in the dangerous behavior.
Though almost all drivers surveyed (91 percent) believed that texting while driving is distracting, more than half of daily commuters (53 percent) admitted to engaging in that very behavior. The odds of becoming distracted were also 2.5 times greater for drivers who faced long commutes. Overall, the findings of the Esurance study suggest that it is likely drivers will succumb to the temptation to become distracted by one of the many technologies in their vehicles. The most common temptations were browsing apps, texting or emailing, talking on the phone, and using GPS or navigation systems.
So what can be done to reduce distracted driving? The Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine reports that strong laws with strong, publicized enforcement are a proven tool for changing driver behavior. They have been used to increase seat belt use and decrease drunk driving (both of which lead to overall decreases in the number of traffic deaths). This suggests that states must enact laws which effectively address distracted driving.
Most states have enacted some form of ban on texting while driving. These laws must be written to enforce strict consequences if they are to be effective. They must also be consistently enforced, and drivers must be made aware of these laws and their effectiveness in reducing auto accidents. All of these steps have been proven effective in the past.
Distracted Driving Causes Real Losses for Families Across the Carolinas
Our South Carolina car accident attorneys have seen the devastating financial losses which can occur as a result of distracted driving accidents. A young girl, just 18, was killed in North Carolina when she decided to check a text message while driving. The distraction caused her to veer across the center line and crash head-on with a long truck. “My daughter is gone because of a stupid mistake,” her devastated mother told WITN.
In the event of an auto accident caused by distracted driving, you need the legal advocacy of an attorney experienced at helping injured motorists seek justice. Contact Lourie Law Firm today and find out how we can help you.