National Distracted Driving Awareness Month may have passed, but in exploring what is behind the Department of Transportation (DOT) putting a spotlight on this issue, there are some statistics that we would like to share. They are quite sobering and further enforce the need to educate drivers on the dangers associated with distracted driving.

– You are 23 times more likely to crash if you text while driving.

– A driver who is texting takes their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds.

– Cellphones and wireless devices are the #1 distraction for drivers.

– You are 4 times more likely to get into an accident if you are using a handheld device while driving.

– 80% of drivers have confessed to some form of distracted driving (texting, applying mascara, eating, etc.)

– In 2009 16% of fatal crashes involved distracted driving.

– Distracted driving is as dangerous as driving drunk.

– There is a 37% reduction in brain activity when driving while distracted.

Distracted driving can be avoided. Once you put the car in drive, put the phone away. If you or a loved one is involved in an auto accident, contact our offices for legal counsel.