Distracted Driving Spikes During the Summer MonthsJuly 9, 2018
In addition to the increased risk of drunk drivers and drowsy drivers on the roads, motorists tend to be particularly distracted during the months of June, July, and August. In fact, according to research, summertime drivers are roughly 10 percent more distracted during the summer months compared to the rest of the year. This translates to drivers being distracted for 15 minutes out of every hour behind the wheel. Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous, yet preventable causes of serious car accidents in the United States.
Leading smartphone telematics company, TrueMotion, studied the driving behavior of over 20,000 motorists from January 2017 to May 2018. They found that distracted driving behavior peaked in the months of June, July, and August. With the increased number of travelers on the roads during those months, it is even more important that drivers stay focused and keep their attention on the road ahead. Even the slightest distraction can lead to a serious accident, particularly when travelling on a very busy highway.
Addressing the Issue
According to the Executive Vice President and President of Personal Insurance at Travelers, it is important that we raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. To address this serious problem, the company launched Every Second Counts, a program that educates the public about the importance of keeping your attention focused on the road. The program also offers simple, practical tips on how to avoid distracted driving and how to keep our roads safe.
With the increased number of vehicles on the roads, including pedestrians and construction vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there are 20 percent more miles driven from June to August. In addition, there are close to 30 percent more traffic fatalities in the summer months compared to December through February. Research indicates that the distracted driving problem is only getting worse. According to a research scientist at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, we need to drive the message that distracted driving is just as dangerous as not wearing a seat belt or driving while under the influence of alcohol. It only takes a moment of distraction for a tragic accident to occur.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Victims of Distracted Driving Accidents
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident involving a distracted driver, you are urged to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Distracted driving is a serious problem, one that we take very seriously. Our skilled and dedicated team will determine who is responsible for causing the accident and seek the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. For a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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