At some point while driving, you have probably shared the road with an Oklahoma driver who was exhibiting signs of distracted driving. These types of behaviors include swerving or drifting from lane to lane, or perhaps you actually noticed the driver putting on makeup or eating. You know that no matter the type of distraction, unfocused drivers are extremely dangerous.
Of course, the biggest source of distracted driving is smartphones. These handheld devices have a grip on most Americans, and many drivers find it simply impossible to just put down the phone and drive. As a result, distraction is now one of the leading causes of car accidents and a major public safety concern.
Is it possible to fight this problem?
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which will hopefully bring increased awareness to people about the dangers of looking at their phones while also operating a motor vehicle. Statistics indicate that around 100 people suffer injuries and approximately nine people die each day in distracted-related collisions. It is a serious problem, and many groups are looking to help fight back.
Some organizations look at driver behavior and evaluate reasons why drivers engage in behaviors they know are completely dangerous. Other groups look at ways to motivate drivers to do better and be safer. Some facts about the problem of distracted driving and possible solutions include the following:
- People who are more confident in their driving abilities are more likely to drive while distracted — they think they can safely multitask.
- There is reason to believe that the length of the road, the number of intersections and other factors may increase the likelihood of distracting behavior.
- Roads where there are medians see fewer accidents related to distracted driving, and there is evidence that indicates that roundabouts can also help curb distraction.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to distracted driving. You may find it helpful to remember that no matter what laws and safety measures are in place, each driver is personally responsible for the choices he or she makes behind the wheel.
Hurt by a distracted driver?
If you suffered injuries in an accident you believe was the result of a distracted driving, you can take action to protect your rights and seek compensation. Oklahoma personal injury law allows a person to seek compensation from liable parties when reckless or negligent behavior leads to financial loss, physical harm and emotional duress.