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Distracted Driving: A Devastating Epidemic

Have you ever answered a phone call while driving? Looked up an address on your phone’s GPS after realizing you were lost? Answered a quick text from a friend on route to your destination?

Most people will answer yes to at least one, if not all, of these questions. In fact, nearly 90% of drivers have admitted to using smartphones on the road. In an article published by the New York Post, it was estimated that, at any given daylight moment, 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or electronic devices.

Unfortunately, as this behavior continues to increase, the devastating consequences do, too. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving killed 3,477 people and injured another 391,000 in the United States in 2015 alone. Distracted driving fatalities continue to rise at a greater percentage than those caused by drunk driving, speeding and failure to wear a seatbelt.

So, how can we combat this epidemic? Below, we discuss a few simple tips to help you drive safely and eliminate unnecessary distractions.

Common Car Accidents from Distracted Driving 

Distracted driving is one of the main causes of auto accidents and it can lead to serious injuries. When a driver is distracted, they are not able to control the vehicle in time, therefore  unable to avoid, the impending accident.

Some of the main injuries caused by distracted driving include:

  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash
  • Head trauma
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Head injuries

Tips for Safe Driving Practices

    There’s no better way to ensure you stay and off your phone while driving than by keeping it out of reach.
    Studies have shown that distracted driving is more dangerous than drunk driving. Simply being aware of the risks can help you keep your attention where it’s needed: on the road.
  • #JustDriveKC Tip 3: DESIGNATE A TEXTER.
    If you have a passenger, ask that person to be your phone handler and address any issues that arise.


How We Can Help 

At Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott, we’ve seen firsthand the devastation distracted driving causes to individuals and families. In this blog series on Distracted Driving, we’ll be taking a closer look in the coming weeks at distracted driving as a habit, the myth of hands-free driving, and troublesome texting behavior.

By fighting the epidemic of distracted driving, you’re not only protecting yourself but also everyone on the road. For more resources and information, visit our #JustDriveKC page, or search using the hashtag #JustDriveKC to join the movement to end distracted driving.

If you have any questions regarding distracted driving, do not hesitate to reach out to our Kansas City car accident attorney today!