Though 97 percent of drivers recognize that texting and driving is dangerous, 45 percent of those same people admit that they have either read an email or a text while driving within the last month, and 35 percent have sent an email or text. These survey findings demonstrate that distracted driving is still a cause of concern, as nine people die daily in auto accidents related to it.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the AAA is implementing new campaigns to highlight the dangers involved with it. It is attempting to get drivers' eyes back on the road by juxtaposing different dangerous driving conditions. For example, many Washington state motorists would not get behind the wheel when intoxicated, but don't think twice before texting and driving, though both are equally dangerous.
While most equate texting and driving with distracted driving, distractions can also be caused by other daily activities. Dashboard activities, voice-commands, and in-vehicle technologies are just some examples of items that take a driver's eyes off the road. Additionally, daydreaming, eating, or even talking to someone in the backseat can serve as a distraction.
When a driver takes their eyes or their minds off of driving, it is likely to put the lives of everyone on the road at risk. An auto accident caused by distracted driving can result in catastrophic injuries that require extensive medical treatment and result in lost wages and pain and suffering. It might be possible to get compensation through a personal injury lawsuit against a distracted driver, though, which is why it is often wise to approach these matters with the assistance of a skilled legal advocate.