Accidents aren't accidents at all according to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. At the Anderson Law Firm in Fort Worth, that's something our personal injury attorneys have known for years – but it's nice to have a fancy study back us up. According to their research, 78 percent of all car accidents aren't accidents at all because they could have been prevented.
The full article of the 8 Most Dangerous Things You Do in Your Car is on Yahoo!, but I wanted to point out what ranks in the #6 and #8 position. Texting and talking on your cellphone while driving. I know distracted driving is something I write about a lot, but I feel it's necessary to point out the factual evidence of just how dangerous it is whenever possible.
Talking on your cell phone while driving comes in as the 8th most dangerous thing to do in your car while driving. This study found that it causes 1,000 deaths per year and that drivers are generally slower to react to brake lights and take longer to regain speed after braking if they're on their phone (duh!).
A growing number of U.S. cities and towns—not to mention more than 50 countries around the world—now ban cellphone use while driving. Why? Of the 10.2 million car accidents in the United States last year, roughly 2.5 million of them involved drivers on cellphones. Talking on your cell isn't just dangerous for youngsters and it doesn't just cause small wrecks. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, when a driver between the ages of 30 and 39 dies in a car crash, there's a 24 percent chance he or she was on the phone at the time of the accident.
Ranking #6 on the list was texting while driving, which kills 3,945 people per year. Look around you on your commute to work – so many people are texting! It makes me want to shake some sense in them. Did you know that as soon as your fingers start typing an “lol” you are 23 times more likely to get into an accident?
Most everything included on this list is a no-brainer. Don't hurt yourself by being dumb – put your phone down and pay attention to the road. Call my law firm if you were hurt in a car accident that wasn't really an accident. We're located in Fort Worth and our personal injury lawyers can help you get on the road to recovery.