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How preventable is distracted driving

On Behalf of | Feb 16, 2022 | Uncategorized |

The majority of all distracted driving accidents are preventable. There is a very small percentage of crashes that are caused by medical emergencies, natural disasters or other non-preventable problems, but most drivers in Texas can prevent car accidents before they occur by taking a few precautions.

The prevalence of distracted driving

Distracted driving causes more than 3,000 deaths each year in the U.S., based on reports by the NHTSA. There are significantly higher rates of physical injuries at an average of 280,000 per year. These car accidents are mostly preventable, and drivers could save millions of dollars in medical expenses and property damages.

Solutions for prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that drivers have numerous ways of being distracted while driving, but each distraction can be prevented. Drivers are advised to keep their eyes on the road, look both ways and keep both hands on the wheel. They should avoid being too mentally and emotionally distressed while driving because they could speed or make reckless moves.

The most distracted forms of driving occur when the driver uses an electronic device, such as a cellphone or radio, or reaches for items inside of the vehicle. Drivers are advised to remove distractions within the vehicle, which could be sounds, sights or passengers.

Thousands of deaths are preventable

The Texas government has enacted several programs to ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians. Laws against texting and using cellphones while driving vary in each city, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Even without the prevalence of state and local laws, drivers should avoid being distracted while driving to prevent themselves and others from getting into accidents.