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Let's End Distracted DrivingThe TorHoerman Law Advocacy Campaign

Let’s End Distracted Driving – The TorHoerman Law Advocacy Campaign

Distracted Driving – A Growing Problem

Distracted Driving has continued to be a growing problem on U.S. roadways. Tor Hoerman Law has recognized the threat of this growing epidemic. We have made it our mission to get the word out to help end distracted driving and make the roadways safer for everyone.

What is Distracted Driving?

Contrary to popular belief, distracted driving is not limited to driving while using your cell phone. In fact, distracted driving is defined as any activity that diverts attention from driving.

This included, but is not limited to:

  • Texting
  • Talking on the Phone
  • Eating & Drinking
  • Talking to Passengers
  • Fiddling with Vehicle Electronics

There are 3 specific types of distracted driving:

  1. 1. Visual: taking your eyes off the road
  2. 2. Manual: taking your hands off the wheel
  3. 3. Cognitive: taking your mind off driving

 

Distracted Driving Statistics

In 2015 alone, distracted driving resulted in 391,000 injuries and claimed the lives of 3,477 passengers in the United States alone. Fatalities in 2015 were up from 2013, where 3,154 lives were lost because of distracted driving, which is a 10% increase from 2012 fatalities.

One of the most common types of distracted driving among all demographic groups is talking on a cell-phone while driving. Research shows that talking on the phone quadruples your risk of motor vehicle accidents.

Though almost everyone agrees that driving while using a cellphone is unacceptable, many drivers still openly admit that they practice these unsafe behaviors.

“The results of a random survey of drivers showed that while 90% agree that cell-phone use while driving is “unacceptable”, 35% of the same group admitted to using a cell-phone to text or call while driving.”

“During daylight hours, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving.”

Texting is the most prominent form of dangerous distracted driving, especially among young adults age 16-24. A simple one-word text can take your eyes off the road for seconds.

In fact: At 55 mph, the average text takes your eyes off the road long enough to cover the length of an entire football field.

Research also shows that texting and driving double your risk of an accident as compared to driving under the influence.

More statistics on the dangers of distracted driving can be found here:
https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/documents/driver_electronic_device_use_in_2015_0.pdf from studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Driving is a privilege that required the full extent of your attention. When you choose to drive while distracted you are not just putting yourself at risk, you are putting the lives of everyone else on the road at risk as well.

 

The Laws Regarding Distracted Driving

Your state government mandates the laws for distracted driving. While the rules differ by state, many states are making an effort to stop distracted drivers by enforcing stricter laws and issuing heavier fines to lawbreakers. You can learn more about IL and MO distracted driving laws here

Illinois: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/drivers/traffic_safety/distracted.html.

Missouri: https://www.dmv.com/mo/missouri/distracted-driving-laws.

 

What You Can Do To End Distracted Driving

  • Make a Pledge
    • Pledge to not drive while distracted.
    • Influence your family and friends to make a pledge as well.
      • Set goals and punishments for yourself, your friends and family to help keep you on the right track.
  • Talk to your Children
    • Especially new drivers and teenagers. They are more likely to drive while distracted so you should express how important it is to you that they don’t.
    • Show them the statistics on the dangers of distracted driving.
  • Set a Good Example for Others
    • Whether it be to your children, friends are other family members.
    • Do not drive distracted, especially when you have passengers.

As an effort to help promote our campaign to end distracted driving, our car accident lawyers at Tor Hoerman Law conduct presentations for local community organizations and schools, spreading the word about the dangers of distracted driving. If you are interested in having a member of Tor Hoerman Law present for your school, workplace or community group contact us.

 

Distracted Driving Prevention Scholarship

The TorHoerman Law Scholarship Program will be giving a $1,000 scholarship to the student who best explains the following questions:

  1. What would you do if your friend was texting while driving?
  2. Why does society accept distracted driving?
  3. What can we do to raise awareness of the dangers and prevent drivers from participating in distracted driving?

 

Interested? Apply for the TorHoerman Law End Distracted Driving Scholarship.

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