At the beginning of a new year, it's a tradition for many to come up with a New Year's Resolution, or something you wish to improve upon in the new year. Have you made yours yet? If not, may I suggest one? Drop the distractions and drive!
Distracted driving is a huge contributing factor in motor vehicle accidents. As a lawyer who deals with car, truck, and motorcycle crash injuries, I see this sort of thing every day. I've seen the horror stories. But you don't need to take my word for it.
In a report from the NHTSA, a whopping 14 percent of injury crashes were caused by distracted driving in 2020. That's over 300,000 people hurt. 3,142 people killed. 587 nonoccupants (cyclists, pedestrians, etc) killed.
The craziest part of these numbers is that these are all preventable. The reason these crashes happened was because the drivers were distracted.
The solution to this problem is remarkably simple: reduce your distractions as much as possible when driving. What does that look like?
- Put down the cell phone. Just put it down. Those text messages will be there when you get to your destination.
- Avoid doing things with your hands while driving, like eating, smoking, or fixing makeup.
- Avoid distracting conversations with passengers
Is it possible to prevent yourself from being distracted 100% of the time? Of course not. But the closer you can get to 100% the safer you can keep yourself and the people around you!