One of the perks many people in Cincinnati have is a work cell phone. Having a work cell phone may make you feel like you have to be available at all times — even when driving. This is dangerous, as it can lead to distracted driving and subsequent car accidents.
The statistics on distracted driving
Distracted driving accidents are all-too commonplace in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2018, 5% of all car accidents in the U.S. involved a distracted driver. Just over 2,840 people lost their lives in distracted driving crashes that year. Of these, 506 were pedestrians and cyclists.
Texting and driving is especially dangerous
Texting and driving is one of the most dangerous types of distracted driving one can engage in. When you are reading or composing a text, your eyes are on your phone, not the road — a visual distraction. When you are texting someone back, your hands are on your phone, not the steering wheel — a manual distraction. Finally, when you are reading a text and thinking about how to respond, your mind is on the text message, not the road — a cognitive distraction. Given this it is easy to see why texting and driving is so dangerous.
Learn more about distracted driving
Distracted driving accidents are tragic, since they easily could be avoided if all drivers exercised due care and focused on the road when driving. Unfortunately, there will always be those who think they can multitask behind the wheel and will wind up causing a distracted driving accident. Our firm’s website on distracted driving accidents may be a good source of information for those who want to learn more about this topic.