Smartphones Sending Drivers through Red Lights?

According to NBC News, more than half of American adults have a smartphone. That’s fine when we’re talking about checking your email and surfing the web on the go, but it’s not good news when we’re talking about our roadways.Our Montgomery car accident lawyers understand just how many problems distracted driving are causing on our roadways. According to a recent study from the National Coalition for Safer Roads and FocusDriven about 12 percent of red-light violations are caused by distracted drivers. In the study, officials examined close to 120 intersections in about 20 communities and took a special look at red-light violators. According to Auto Blog, the observations from this study led researchers to conclude that as many as 7.3 million red light infractions a year are the result of distracted driving.

The truth of the matter is that distracted driving is a pervasive threat on our roadways, particularly when it comes to cell phone use while driving. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), cell phone use is a factor in more than 20 percent of accidents, and drivers talking on handheld or hands-free cell phones are close to five times more likely to be involved in a car accident.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), only 16-year-old drivers and 17-year-old drivers who have held an intermediate license for fewer than 6 months are prohibited from using a cell behind the wheel. On the other hand, all drivers are banned from text messaging in the driver’s seat.

With these loose laws, it’s no wonder why so many accidents in the area are caused by distracted drivers. We need the proper laws in place to help ensure that drivers are keeping 100 percent of their attention on the road.

This is especially important when talking about our younger drivers. They’re the ones who are most likely to engage in cell phone-related distractions behind the wheel. Do this by setting a safe example. Always put your best (and safest) foot forward when they’re riding along in the vehicle with you. Parents are some of the most influential people in teens’ lives. Also, make sure that you’re providing plenty of supervised driving time for them to help to make sure that they’re on the road to safe driving.

Lastly, you want to make sure they understand the rules of the road and they understand your expectations of them as a responsible driver. Your guidance and your help can save lives.

In 2011, there were more than 3,330 people killed in distracted driving car accidents. Hundreds of thousands more were injured. And all of these accidents were the result of careless actions and disregard for roadway safety. Shape up behind the wheel, pay attention and cut out your risks for senseless collisions.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a traffic collision, call Allred & Allred P.C. at 334.396.9200 to speak with a Montgomery accident attorney today.

More Blog Entries:

Alabama Traffic Accidents and the Risk of Hybrid Vehicles, Alabama Injury Lawyer Blog, May 12, 2013

Distracted Driving Month Educates: News Shows We Still Have a Long Way to Go, Alabama Injury Lawyer Blog, April 25, 2013

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