The National Safety Council has announced that June is National Safety Month. As an annual month-long observance, the NSC wants Americans to keep safety in mind to avoid preventable deaths occurring throughout the United States every day. This includes motorists who must practice safer driving habits in order to avoid a car accident in Greensboro or elsewhere in the country.
Statesville car accident lawyers know that preventable deaths are common, but even as we do our part to be safe drivers, it is often other motorists who are negligent and cause a serious or fatal accident. If you have been seriously injured in a distracted or drunk driving accident in North Carolina, contact an experienced car accident attorney to help get you the compensation you deserve.
As part of a month long series, our first topic is on summertime safety. Summer is a prime time for unintentional deaths. In 2009, there were an estimated 128,200 unintentional deaths – almost 2,500 more than the 2008 unintentional death count. The 2009 estimate is the highest on record.
Cell phones are the leading cause of distraction for driver inattention, causing serious or fatal accidents. The NSC offers the following distracted driving fact sheet:
-There are more than 270 million cell phone subscribers. In 2008, the monthly average of text messages sent was estimated at 110 billion.
-81 percent of motorists admit to talking on a cell phone while driving in a Nationwide Insurance public opinion poll.
-The likelihood of a crash for drivers on using a cell phone is four times more likely than someone not talking while driving.
-There is a high level of cognitive distraction for both handheld and hands-free cell phone devices.
-Simulated studies have shown cell phone users have a slower reaction time than drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of .08. This includes the ability to stop quickly to avoid vehicles braking in front of them.
-A study that took pictures of the brain while a driver listened to sentences found that the driver had a 37 percent decrease in spatial awareness, which contributed to a cognitive distraction.
-Talking to passengers in the vehicle is only found safer than talking on a cell phone in the sense that passengers can alert drivers to unsafe road conditions and can stop a conversation if they see an accident about to happen. Conversations with passengers are still considered to be a form of distraction when motorists are behind the wheel.
The NSC offers a full list of health safety fact sheets about on the road or school bus safety. Some of the tips include: driving defensively, drowsy driving, pedestrian safety and driving at night. For a full list of on the road tips and what to do in certain driving situations click here to view.
Households average $5,900 in medical costs each year for unintentional injuries. In most cases, families suffer both physically and financially trying to recover from preventable injuries and deaths. Driver inattention can lead to preventable injuries and deaths, so motorists should practice safe driving skills during the month of June and beyond.
If you have been injured in a distracted driving or other car-related accident in North or South Carolina, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free no-obligation appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965 today.
More Blog Entries:
Two-Thirds of Drivers Using Cell Phones; Preventing Distractions key to Preventing North Carolina Car Accidents, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Blog, March 17, 2011
Holiday Weekends Bring a Heightened Risk of Car Accidents in Gastonia, Elsewhere in State, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, May 17, 2011