According to the National Safety Council, nearly 28% of all crashes (1.6 million annually) are caused by texting while driving. This is greater than the amount of crashes caused by any other type of driver distraction. As part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the National Safety Council and FocusDriven are encouraging drivers to commit to not using their cell phones while driving throughout the month of April.
Both nonprofit organizations suggest that drivers silence, turn off, or put away their phones to reduce the temptation to answer a call or text. You can take the pledge to drive cell free, and learn more about the dangers of distracted driving by visiting the National Safety Council’s Distracted Driving Month website.
It is a myth that drivers can multitask. Driving and talking on a cell phone are both thinking tasks that involve the same areas of the brain; instead of processing both activities simultaneously, your brain rapidly switches between the two tasks, reducing how well you can concentrate on each one. When you combine this level of distraction with taking your eyes off the road to compose a text message, you are six times more likely to cause a car accident.
If you have been seriously injured in an Ohio car accident caused by a distracted driver, please contact Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A. today or call (614) 766-2000 to schedule a free case evaluation with our experienced Columbus car accident lawyer. We represent injured accident victims in Columbus, New Albany, Dublin, and all of Ohio.