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Dangerous behind-the-wheel practices lead to fatalities
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), for every two seconds that a driver’s eyes stray away from the road, he/she is twice as likely to have an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also claims that driver inattention is the leading contributing factor in most crashes or near-miss accidents in the United States.
Inattention on the Road
Of all crashes, 80 percent (and 65 percent of near-crashes) involve driver inattention within a three-second window of the incident. The moral of the story: When motorists change radio stations, try to read maps or talk on cell phones, they are putting themselves and others at risk.
How Texting is Unique
The latest danger to hit the roadways in recent years is texting while driving. AAA claims that texting requires a motorist’s full attention, which obviously inhibits attention to the road. This concern is by no means limited to everyday drivers; inattention due to texting has caused many occupational drivers to be involved in deadly roadway crashes. Consider the following instances:
A Boston trolley driver missed a red light while texting his girlfriend and smashed into another trolley. This accident injured 50 people.
A Florida truck driver killed two young women when he hit their vehicle because he was texting.
An attorney in Nevada rolled his company-issued SUV because he failed to pay attention due to texting.
It’s against the Law
Many states have laws outlawing the use of cell phones and texting while driving. To avoid a ticket and a potentially dangerous accident, do not use your cell phone in any capacity while driving. If you must make a phone call or text, pull off the road safely and then do so.
No message is more important than saving someone’s life.
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Dave Schmidt | Insurance Agent |2834 Jackson Blvd Ste 101 | Rapid City,SD 57702
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