Death by Phone not being counted!
I was amazed when I read the lates Claims Journal information concerning deadly auto accidents,
mobile phones and how the association of these two items isn't being accounted for in our 'accident' databases.
Typically, when using the word 'accident', it conjures up in your mind scenarios of wrong place/wrong time. One could take that even further and address the amount of items strewn in the road....especially here in California.
What lingers behind the words 'auto accident' is the culpability of and for that accident. It appears as though there are some glitches in how such culpability is being accurately portrayed.
Let's speak about cell phone use while driving. Really?! YES!!! But not in they typical manner of 'talkin' on the phone. Now we are looking at texting, twitter, facebook and instagram being the largest contributors for distractions while driving. You've seen it, don't play like you haven't and don't play like you haven't done it yourself! We are all guilty at some point.
Even just speaking on the phone or listening to your passenger or the radio is considered a distraction, reducing your reaction time by .25 of a second.... so imagine what type of distraction is caused by texting, etc., when you as the responsible driver are taking your eyes off the road for more than a split second. Over the past two years, after decades of declining deaths on the road, U.S. traffic fatalities surged by 14.4 percent....so did the share of Americans who owned a mobile phone....up by 6%.
Additionally, there has been an increase in fatalities largely among bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians—all of whom are easier to miss from the driver’s seat than, say, a 4,000-pound SUV—especially if you’re glancing up from your phone rather than concentrating on the road.
There is no mystery here as to why this is all happening. You and I are responsible...well, maybe irresponsible. Please everyone, let's take this seriously and just put the phones down when driving. Is there anything more important than just getting where you're going safely and without killing someone else?! Don't have the rest of your life changed by 1 second of distraction. Focus on the road as it should be. Get to where you are going safely. Enjoy the next day! Drive responsibly!
See the full article HERE.