Technological devices are continuing to make our nation’s roadways unsafe, but are the devices more to blame than the actual drivers? Motorists have a choice of whether to let items inside the car distract them while they drive. It seems most drivers are making the wrong choice, which is why the number of distracted driving car accidents in Charlotte, Greensboro and Winston-Salem continue to rise.
WXII reports that devices like the tablet PC, smart phones and MP3 players are so widespread and appeal to so many users that it has caused a fatal trend for drivers and pedestrians in North Carolina. In fact, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association reports that North Carolina showed the fourth biggest increase of all 50 states in pedestrian fatalities over a four-year period, likely due to distractions caused by mobile technology.
Our state bans young drivers and bus drivers from using a cell phone while behind the wheel and prohibits all drivers from internet use, texting or emailing while driving. We even posted on our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog recently that truck drivers can look forward to a nationwide cell phone ban if the government takes the recommendation made by the National Transportation Safety Board seriously.
Proposed House Bill 44 would have prohibited drivers from using a handheld device in the car if a subcommittee hadn’t given a negative response during the General Assembly’s 2011 session. Legislation posed towards distracted pedestrians has yet to be addressed.
According to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, October 2-8 is Heads-up Driving Week. Throughout the week, motorists are asked to eliminate multi-tasking and just focus on driving without any distractions in an effort to improve highway safety for everyone. Distracted driving is the cause of approximately 8,000 car accidents daily, according to recent statistics.
Tasks like changing the radio station, eating, talking to a passenger, smoking, rubbernecking and cell phone-related activities are the most common distractions. When drivers try to multi-task with several of these behaviors at the same time it makes driving particularly dangerous.
Recent surveys from American drivers have shown overwhelming support for texting and cell phone bans becoming a state law. Over 90 percent of respondents agree that texting is dangerous and unacceptable behavior and yet a third of the respondents admit to texting in the last month. Driver attitude is one of the biggest obstacles that safety advocates continue to try to change. Many drivers fail to practice what they preach when they go about their business with a “do as I say, not as I do” attitude. Unfortunately, this puts many motorists at severe risk of injury when this attitude is portrayed on our roadways.
Be the first to make a difference by taking the distraction-free pledge. Make a commitment to talk to others about the dangers of getting distracted while driving and refrain from multi-tasking every time you get behind the wheel.
If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident in North Carolina, call to speak with an experienced injury attorney in Greensboro at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. so you can be advised of your rights. The appointment is free so call 1-800-887-1965 today.
Authorities Say Technology is Driving Increase in Auto Accidents, by Jordan Howse, posted at WXII12.
More Blog Entries:
Awareness and Simulation Could Reduce Future Distracted Driving Accidents in North Carolina, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, September 25, 2011.
Pedestrian Distraction Can Lead to High Risk of Accidents Involving Cars in Asheville, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, September 17, 2011.
Cell Phones and Other Distractions Can Prove Deadly for Motorists Involved in Distracted Driving Accidents in Hickory, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, September 15, 2011.