Despite widespread education and law enforcement efforts, distracted driving is an increasing problem in New Orleans and throughout the country. It seems that some motorists just don't care that driver distraction can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
With that in mind, consider these facts:
- In 2014 distracted driving was linked to 3,179 deaths and 431,000 injurious wrecks in the United States.
- Texting while driving takes the driver's eyes off the road for an average of five seconds, long enough for a vehicle going 55 miles per hour to travel the length of a football field.
- While any kind of distracted driving puts people's lives at risk, texting while driving is recognized as the most dangerous because the driver's eyes, hands and mind are all distracted at once.
- According to the AAA Foundation, 60 percent of wrecks involve some form of distraction.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and drivers in New Orleans can decide now to do the responsible thing, obey the law and stop driving distractedly.
Louisiana law bans texting while driving for all drivers. Still, Louisiana State University's Highway Safety Research Group has already recorded 324 wrecks due to distraction by an electronic device just in the first four months of 2016, and 150 of those crashes resulted in injury.
It is worth noting, too, that vehicle occupants are not the only ones at risk. Because New Orleans has so much foot traffic, the danger is very real for local pedestrians and our city's many visitors.
If you are involved in a wreck with a distracted driver, you can record details of the accident with our smartphone app.
At the Law Offices of Gregory P. DiLeo, we understand how traumatic car accidents can be, and that is why we provide a smartphone app to make it easy to call 911, document the accident and even take witness statements.
You can get this helpful tool at your app store or by contacting our law office in New Orleans.
For more on holding negligent drivers responsible, please see our motor vehicle accident overview.