Fatal motor vehicle accidents are some of the most traumatic that can occur. Families are left with the sudden loss of loved ones. If they survived the crash while a loved one died, the family members may feel guilt or frustration.
Many cases of fatal vehicle accidents could be avoided with better education about being safe on the roads. There are several kinds of distractions that cause many of the crashes seen today. From texting and driving to talking to other passengers, any distraction can become deadly.
What are some common distractions behind the wheel?
Common causes of distracted driving include changing radio stations, talking to people in the vehicle, drinking, eating, watching TV, inputting information into the navigation system, eating and drinking. While each of these things is generally safe when parked, it’s simply not safe to take your mind off the roads.
Did you know that reading or sending a text takes your eyes off the road for an average of five seconds? That’s long enough to blindly drive the length of a football field if you’re traveling at 55 mph.
Distracted driving kills
Distracted driving kills. In 2016, 3,450 people were killed in distracted driving crashes, while hundreds of thousands of others suffered injuries. The reality is that it’s possible to put down a phone, wait to eat or to pull over to have a conversation. Taking those steps keeps you and your family safer, preventing a serious crash from happening.
When people focus on the roads, they’re safer for everyone. When they don’t, serious collisions may occur.