Distracted driving has been a dangerous problem for American motorists since the first radio was installed in a car in 1901. While the volume of traffic at the time (and therefore, the quantity of accidents) was nowhere near where it is today, the prospect of a dangerous newfangled contraption like a motor vehicle being coupled with anything which could distract the driver from the road, is harrowing.
Today, the distractions available to us are far more plentiful and attention-holding than the early radios that were installed in vehicles back in the early 1900’s. Between eating, billboards, kissing, cell phones (for phone calls, texting, and data use), smoking, GPS Devices, and (shockingly enough) sexual activity, the mere act of driving without any type of distraction is becoming a Herculean effort.
A DAILY REMINDER ABOUT THE DEADLY RESULT OF DISTRACTED DRIVING
The threat of distracted driving is a grave one. Nine people die in automobile crashes involving distracted driving in the United States every day. Another 1,153 are injured in automobile crashes which involve distracted driving. In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, and approximately 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. And in 2011 in the United States, 17% of all crashes in which someone was injured involved a distracted driver.
The problem of distracted driving, especially the issues caused by smart phones and all of the different distractions they provide (be they, text messaging, email, social media, streaming video, GPS apps, etc.), has in-turn created an ample opportunity for innovation which could prevent, or at least curb, distracted driving. One of the most recent such innovations is a lock box known as “Surge’ On” made by a company by the name of “Dock-n-Lock.” The Surge’ On system places a “Smart Tag” on the user’s cell phone which would prevent the vehicle from starting if the phone was not in the lock box. Additionally, the system allows for the phone to be placed in the lock box so as to keep it out of the view (and, hopefully, mind) of the driver. The product is essentially a lockbox within which the driver’s cellular phone would be stowed and hidden which, additionally, would prevent the vehicle from starting if not in proper use.
One can easily envision scenarios where people would get around this technology (but that begs the question, why even elect to purchase such a system) or the problems created by preventing a driver from being able to access their cellular phone while in transit. However, this is clearly a step in the right direction toward eliminating distracted driving and saving lives.
Distracted driving in America is reaching epidemic levels. Unfortunately, when thinking about the activities which can be considered “distracted driving” most people only consider talking or texting on a cell phone while driving. However, the reality is that distracted driving is a problem with many roots. Not only are there many activities that people do on cellular phones that distract them from the road, but the acts of eating, drinking, smoking cigarettes, and even listening to the radio or books on tape are examples of distractions drivers face other than those involving texting or talking on the cell phone. Activities such as these lead to fatal accidents in America daily. Drive safe and stay alert.
PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS IF YOU WERE INJURED BY A DISTRACTED DRIVER
If you have suffered injuries at the hands of a distracted driver, call an experienced and aggressive attorney to handle your claim and help you seek compensation for your injuries. Contact Dolman Law Group today: 727-451-6900.
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