Drivers in Georgia should be aware of the significant risks of distracted driving. In 2013, more than 420,000 people suffered injuries and more than 3,300 people lost their lives in crashes that involved a driver who was distracted. Victims of these accidents should speak with a personal injury lawyer for help understanding their right to pursue a claim for compensation from the driver who caused the crash.
Prevention of distracted driving accidents has largely been focused on the use of cell phones to talk, text, or read emails while driving. While cell phones are dangerous and texting causes a driver's risk of a crash to go up by 23 times the normal risk, cell phones are not the only thing that can distract a driver. There are many other behaviors that people may do behind the wheel that can lead to taking their focus away from driving, their eyes off the road, and their hands off the wheel. Recently, Erie Insurance conducted a comprehensive survey of almost 2,000 drivers. According to Forbes, people over the age of 18 were asked to weigh in on an online survey asking about the kinds of distractions that they had experienced behind the wheel.
How Many Drivers are Distracted By These Tasks?
The survey asked about a number of different things that people could do while driving. For example, motorists were asked about whether they had ever:
- Had a romantic encounter or engaged in a public display of affection while driving. A total of 15 percent of motorists had.
- Combed or styled their hair while driving. Fifteen percent of motorists also admitted to doing this.
- Changed clothing. Nine percent of drivers had made a wardrobe change behind the wheel.
- Put makeup on. Eight percent of drivers did this.
- Brushed or flossed their teeth. Four percent of the responding drivers had taken care of these dental hygiene tasks instead of being focused on the road.
- Switched who was driving. Three percent of motorists changed drivers as they were operating their vehicles rather than stopping to make the switch.
- Used the bathroom. Three percent of drivers did this while they were operating a vehicle.
The survey also asked about texting. Men were more likely to text than women, with 32 percent of men stating that they had sent or received texts while driving. Not surprisingly, younger drivers were also significantly more likely to text. More than half (51 percent) of drivers under age 34 said that they had texted and driven. By contrast, only 14 percent of drivers between the ages of 55 and 64 texted and only seven percent of drivers above 65 texted. For drivers between the ages of 35 and 54, between 33 and 39 percent texted depending upon their specific age group.
Drivers should be aware that any behaviors that cause them to lose focus on the road could result in a serious motor vehicle collision. Save all of your other tasks for before and after you drive, and pay careful attention at all times when operating a motor vehicle.
Accident lawyers in Georgia can help if you have been injured in an accident. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE or visit http://www.slocumblaw.com. Serving injury victims throughout Georgia.