If you have been on the road lately, you may have noticed drivers who are not looking at the road, but are looking at their phones instead. With their advent and rapid rise in their technological advances and popularity, cell phones are now part of our daily lives. However, one place where cell phones do not belong is behind the wheel.
Distracted driving is a problem in Michigan and elsewhere in the United States, and law enforcement and other authorities continue to look for ways to discourage this dangerous behavior. Ultimately, it is up to the individual behind the wheel to make safe choices and put his or her phone down. One way to reduce distracted driving may be to make drivers more aware of its risks and dangers.
Making Michigan roads safer
Statistics indicate that 72 people died in Michigan in 2017 as a result of distracted driving, and more than 7,000 people suffered injuries. Across the country, around 10 people lose their lives every day because of some sort of distracted driving. Distraction is a significant problem for younger drivers, and distraction-related accidents are one of the leading causes of death for teens.
In order to raise awareness among younger drivers about why phones and driving should never mix, some schools are offering teens the opportunity to use a simulator. By simulating what it is like to drive while distracted, authorities hope teens will understand the importance of making smart choices. It is beneficial to raise awareness for drivers of all ages, starting by communicating the following facts:
- No one, no matter how experienced a driver, is safe when using his or her phone and driving.
- Phone use is the leading cause of distracted driving, but distraction also happens when drivers do things like adjust the radio, eat, talk to passengers and more.
- Distraction caused more car accidents in 2017 than drunk driving did, indicating the prevalence of the problem on Michigan roads.
No matter the age of the driver, every person is responsible for the choices he or she makes while behind the wheel.
Are you a victim of distracted driving?
If you are a victim of an accident caused by distracted driving, you understand the implications of this reckless and dangerous behavior. You do not have to suffer through the aftermath alone, but you can take steps to protect your interests and seek a full and fair recovery. A civil claim may be an appropriate course of action for you.