For drivers, a few moments of distraction can have serious consequences. Just three seconds are all it takes for a crash to occur. Each day on our highways and bi-ways people’s lives change at the hand of a driver, who wasn’t giving their full attention to the road in front of them.
If you are wondering what driving distracted looks like, it is any activity that diverts your attention from the task of driving. You cannot drive safely unless you give your full attention to the task of driving. Therefore, any activity not related to driving is a potential distraction that can increase your risk of an accident.
Distracted Driving includes:
- Talking on your phone
- Looking in the mirror
- Changing the music
- Utilizing GPS
- Adjusting the entertainment system
- Talking to your passengers
Texting Causes More Car Accidents than Drunk Driving
Despite the various awareness campaigns and laws that have been put into place, cell phones remain the top distraction for drivers. We have become a society attached to our cell phones and as a result the instances of car collisions have risen not just in New York State but all over the country. According to the National Safety Council, cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes a year. At the forefront of cell phone driver distractions is texting. When you take the time to either send a text or read an incoming text, you take your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. If you are driving at a speed of 55 mph, that is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. 1 out of every 4 car crashes involves texting while driving. That means texting while driving makes you six times more likely to crash than driving drunk.
We Want to Hear Your Story
A distracted driver can change your life in an instant. The Law Firm of Sobo & Sobo wants to help and it all starts by listening to your story. Our initial consultation is always free and there are no attorney’s fees unless your case is settled. If you’ve been injured and are feeling overwhelmed with physical, emotional, mental and financial burdens, give us a call at 855-GOT-SOBO. We have offices conveniently located throughout New York in Middletown, Newburgh, Monticello, Spring Valley, Poughkeepsie, as well as New York City. We look forward to talking with you and Winning Together.