CHICAGO (April 5, 2017) – Thousands of people die every year because of distracted driving. The month of April has been designated as “Distracted Driving Awareness Month” to bring attention to this epidemic.
While distracted driving can take many forms, technology has made this dangerous habit even more widespread. In the age of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, it is hard to take a break from connecting virtually. Cell phones now allow users to make phone calls, dictate texts or emails, and update social media while driving – all actions that are proven to increase the risk of a crash. The rise in drivers using phones while driving is being fueled by an “addiction” to social media.
A recent study found using cell phones to access social media sites while behind the wheel can be more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol. That is a scary thought given how deadly we know drinking and driving can be. The Transport Research Laboratory and the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) found drivers’ reaction times slowed by 38 percent when using their mobile phones to access social media sites while driving. In comparison, drivers at the alcohol drink-drive limit have a typical delayed reaction of 12 percent.
Distracted driving can also go beyond our smartphone screens. From putting in contact lenses, to flossing your teeth, drivers do many risky things that can take their hands and minds off the road. According to a 2015 report from Erie Insurance, daydreaming is the most deadly form of distracted driving.
“Our law firm sees the tragic results of distracted driving on a regular basis, as we represent victims who have been seriously injured as a result of another driver’s failure to pay attention to the road,” Attorney Patrick A. Salvi Jr. said. “We hope that this conversation will engender young drivers to change their dangerous behavior behind the wheel.”
Attorney Patrick A. Salvi Jr. has years of experience representing drivers and passengers who were injured as a result of distracted driving. Mr. Salvi is available to discuss some of the many forms of distracted driving, the legal consequences for distracted driving in Illinois, and some tips to break this deadly habit.
To schedule an interview, please contact Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard’s Public Relations Manager, Marcie Mangan, at (312) 372-1227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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