As I mentioned earlier, the 2010 Distracted Driving Summit is taking place in Washington D.C. this week. While I was reading about the Summit, I learned that the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has also joined in the effort by spearheading their own distracted driving campaign with a public service announcement. Their campaign is called “OMG: Get The Message” with a subtitle of “Texting While Driving is a Deadly Distraction.”
Because these surgeons see the horrific effects of car accidents caused by distracted driving, they believe it’s their responsibility to do what they can to prevent such accidents. One surgeon stated in this article, “Texting and driving related accidents are clearly underreported. I was shocked to learn how much texting delays one’s reaction time…It is too dangerous in regards to public safety to combine texting and driving. Don’t get the message.”
As a personal injury lawyer in Seattle, I was surprised to hear a new statistic from the National Safety Council that nearly 30% of all car accidents can be attributed to using a cell phone while driving, which amounts ot roughly 1.6 million a year. In addition, drivers who use hand held cell phones are four times more likely to be involved in an accident serious enough to cause injury. To learn more about the AAOS educational campaign and their tips for avoiding distracted driving, you can visit their website here.