Today marked the start of the 2010 Distracted Driving Summit in Washington D.C. Many people, including automakers, safety advocates and government leaders, met to talk about this epidemic that is sweeping across our nation. Hopefully, they will be able to develop new laws and policies that will target the issue and serve to minimize the amount of car accidents caused by distracted drivers. In a study conducted by the NHTSA, they found that last year alone there were almost 5,500 peole killed by distracted driving, not to mention nearly 450,000 people who were injured.
You have to keep in mind that these are just the accidents where it was obvious that the driver was distracted. As a Seattle personal injury lawyer, I’m sure there were many other fatal and non-fatal accidents where there wasn’t enough evidence to tell for sure whether cell phones or other distractions were to blame.
In this article, a few tips are offered to help drivers break the habit of distracted driving. For starters, you can always turn off your phone completely when you get in the car, or you can turn it to silent. Some applications will allow you to set up your phone in “driving” mode so you won’t be alerted of new calls or messages. If you have a passenger riding with you, have them answer your phone or look for directions as you drive. Keep in mind that pets are also a source of distraction so keep them secured in a travel crate while riding in the car.