Cell phones are amazing devices! They make our daily life significantly easier in so many ways. If you think about all of the information that you can access and send from your phone it is truly astounding. The invention of the smart phone was truly a game changer in the modern world. As with anything in life, there is also a downside. One of the worst things about cell phones is the amount of car accidents that are caused when people are using them and driving simultaneously. Today Non Stop Towing is going to address some of the issues that are caused by using your phone while driving.
Texting & Distracted Driving Accidents & Death Statistics
You have probably heard some statistics about cell phone usage and car accidents. The National Safety Council has reported that every day at least nine Americans die and 100 are injured in distracted driving crashes. When you multiply those numbers by 365 days the numbers are staggering. Not all of these distractions are the phone but they do make up for a large percentage of these accidents. Studies have all shown that 77% of adults and 55% of teenage drivers think that they can safely drive while texting. Studies have shown that most people that are using their phone when driving are reading or sending texts. Drivers think “it only takes a few seconds – it’s just a text” and they quickly send or read texts while driving. Taking your eyes off the road for just a few seconds can cause severe damage. In a few seconds a driver that is traveling 55 miles per hour can travel the length of a football field. You can definitely do a lot of damage in that distance.
Lane Departure Car Accident
There are a few common driving errors that happen when you are driving while distracted. Drivers that are looking at texts are known to veer out of their lane. When you veer into the other lane you are running the risk of hitting the car next to you. Many people only think about the cars in front of them when they think it is safe to text and drive.
Fender Bender Collision
Another common accident that is caused by distracted drivers are fender benders. If the car in front of you hits the brakes while you are reading or sending a text you will not see it. Before you know it you have run into the car in front of you and caused an unnecessary accident.
Distracted Driving Car Crashes
Unfortunately there are also large car accidents that are caused by drivers who are texting and driving. Thousands of people die each and every year in accidents that occur as a result of this habit. There are groups across the country that are trying to bring more attention to the dangers of texting and driving. Many governments groups are working with local non-profit organizations to increase awareness about this topic.
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Here at NonStop Towing we know firsthand the damage that texting and driving can cause. When we show up on accident sites to tow cars away we frequently hear that the accident was caused by distracted driving. Do not add to these statistics! Put your phone away while you drive. If you do end up in an accident and need your car towed give NonStop Towing a call.