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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

It’s no secret that distracted driving is a dangerous and deadly epidemic in the United States. We hear about injury causing and fatal distracted driving crashes on an almost daily basis. April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and public safety agencies in Texas and across the nation are doing everything they can to get the word out. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has kicked off their high visibility enforcement campaign called “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” which is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers and costs associated with distracted driving crashes.

U Drive. U Text. U Pay

The NHTSA has utilized television, radio and social media advertising campaigns to raise awareness about the dangers of texting behind the wheel. They’ve spent approximately $5 million in national advertising. The costs associated with distracted driving crashes are astronomical too. From medical bills to lost wages and property damage, distracted driving isn’t cheap. Drivers are reminded to put the phones down before they get behind the wheel.

Distracted Driving by The Numbers

  • In 2014, 3,179 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers.
  • An estimated 431,000 people were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2014.
  • As of December 2014, 169.3 billion text messages were sent in the U.S. every month.
  • At any given daylight moment in the U.S., approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or electronic devices behind the wheel.

Injury Causing and Fatal Distracted Driving Crashes

A heartbreaking article out of the Star-Telegram recently reported on a California teen who died in a distracted-driving crash almost one year to the day after she walked away from a very serious crash involving distracted driving. Texting is a triple threat behind the wheel. It’s what is considered a manual, cognitive and visual distraction. It takes your thoughts, eyes and hands off the task of driving. The NHTSA wants to remind motorists that if they’re texting, they’re not driving. This isn’t something you can safely multi-task with. You’re either doing one or the other. The phone call or text can wait, and you could save a life.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to a distracted driver in Wichita Falls or in any of the surrounding Texoma communities, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at (940) 761-4000 for a free case consultation.

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Doughnut Distraction Crash in OKC

Earlier this week, a man in Oklahoma City crashed into a truck in an apparent doughnut-distraction related incident. According to KFOR News Channel Four, the collision happened overnight in Oklahoma City just as a man was pulling out of the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot near northwest 39th and Meridian. As he was pulling into the intersection, he reportedly dropped his doughnut. Distracted and in an attempt to recover the doughnut, the driver somehow crashed into a box truck.

Driver Distracted by Doughnut

The truck was hit so forcefully that it overturned and came to rest on its side. Both drivers and a passenger were injured in this crash. Thankfully, none of the injuries were initially reported to be life threatening. There has been no word on whether or not the doughnut-distracted driver has been cited in this case, or if the investigation is ongoing.

Different Forms of Distracted Driving

Although we hear about it a lot, texting isn’t the only form of distracted driving. Sure, texting, checking Facebook and reading emails are all very dangerous forms of distracted driving. There are a variety of other types of behaviors that can be considered distractions behind the wheel. In fact, eating, manipulating the radio, messing with your GPS navigation machine and putting on makeup are all considered distractions when performed behind the wheel. If your attention is on anything besides the task of driving, you’re distracted. Daydreaming is even a form of distracted driving. When you’re behind the wheel, you need to focus 100 percent of your attention to the road and to the task of driving.

Three Types of Distracted Driving

  1. Manual
  2. Cognitive
  3. Visual

The Types of Distracted Driving

There are three basic types of distracted driving. First, there are visual distractions. These involve any task that takes your eyes off of the road. Second, there are manual distractions, which involve taking your hands off of the wheel. Finally, there are cognitive distractions, which take your mind off of the task of driving. It’s important to note that many distracted driving behaviors can fall into more than one of these categories. For example, texting is a manual, visual and cognitive distraction.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident in Wichita Falls, Lawton or any of the surrounding Texoma communities, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free consultation.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

Free Consultation

Over 40 Years of Experience

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