Officers Predict Increased Number of Distracted Driving-Related Car Accidents in North Carolina

In an effort to combat the problem of distracted-driving accidents, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety launched its third-annual “Heads-Up Driving Week.” This week-long event is going on right now, from October 2nd to the 8th. During this time, the Foundation and other officials ask that all drivers make a pledge to curb driver distractions while navigating their way around our roadways.

“In my personal opinion, it’s under-reported because most drivers aren’t going to admit they were on the phone or distracted, and we have no way to prove otherwise,” said Lt. Col. Marty Sumner of the High Point Police Department.

What she’s talking about is distracted driving-related car accidents in Asheville and elsewhere throughout North Carolina. Every day there are some 8,000 traffic accidents caused by distracted drivers.These types of accidents are all too common on our roadways.

In 2010 for instance, there were approximately 5,500 traffic accident-related deaths that reported the involvement of a distracted driver. These traffic fatalities are completely preventable had drivers paid more attention to the road and spent less time with various distractions.
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Our Charlotte car accident attorneys understand that the first step in correcting this problem is to change our own driving behaviors. By recruiting pledges from family members, friends and coworkers, we can all do our part to make our roadways a safer place for everyone. We understand that most people lead busy lives and the temptation to multitask is prevalent, but it’s a completely unnecessary habit while driving. Drivers should focus on one thing only — the roadway.

Distracted driving facts:

-Drivers reportedly spend about half of their time behind the wheel engaging in various distractions.

-Distractions can include text messaging, cell phones, applying makeup, rubbernecking, eating, smoking and playing with the radio or GPS system.

-Drivers who use a cell phone are four times more likely to be involved in an accident that results in serious injury.

-Passengers have been the leading distraction contributing to car accidents.

Over the last 25 years, more than a million people have lost their lives because of car accidents in the United States. Just in 2010 alone, nearly 34,000 people were killed in traffic accidents. Many experts blame advancements in technology for the increasing number of roadway deaths caused by distracted drivers.

According to the Foundation’s Traffic Safety Culture Index, almost 95 percent of surveyed drivers stated that driving while distracted is a habit that is intolerable. Nearly 90 percent of the surveyed drivers reported that they would strongly support stricter laws to govern or to completely ban distractions for drivers. Still, about a third of all drivers engage in the dangerous driving behavior.

We would like to invite you to sign the “Heads-Up Driving Week” campaign and take the pledge to toss out distractions while behind the wheel. Driving is a task that requires focus and attention. Only the most focused drivers are able to avoid road dangers.

To contact an experienced car accident attorney at the Lee Law Offices, P.A call 1-800-887-1965 for a free and confidential appointment . We represent car accident victims and their families throughout both North and South Carolina.

More Blog Entries:

Awareness and Simulation Could Reduce Future Distracted Driving Accidents in North Carolina, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, September 25, 2011

Safe Behaviors, Among Other Things, Can Reduce Severity of Injuries Sustained in Asheville Car Accidents, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, September 22, 2011

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