The Fatal Consequences of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents in the United States. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it accounted for more than 3,400 deaths and more than 390,000 injuries in 2015 alone. Distracted driving involves anything that takes your hands off the wheel, your eyes off the road, or your mind off of driving. Sadly, distracted driving is a common practice that often has fatal consequences.
Fatalities from Traffic Crashes
Driving while texting, eating, fiddling with the radio or A/C controls, or having an emotionally charged conversation can lead to an accident. Even using a hands-free smartphone can cause your mind to lose focus on the road in front of you. Thus, it is important to eliminate distractions from your driving environment. This may involve pulling over to check your phone, asking passengers to avoid heated conversations, and adjusting all dashboard controls before starting your trip.
Fatalities from Forgetfulness
Another fatal consequence of distracted driving is the death of children left in the backseat of cars. Parents who are juggling many responsibilities may become distracted, and may forget that their infant is in the car when they stop to get groceries. Mental distractions can lead to the death of a child, and one way drivers can avoid this dangerous situation is by leaving their phone or wallet in the backseat with their child.
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