Federal Government Issues: 'Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving'

Author: David M. Williams, Jr. - Stafford County Personal Injury Attorney

I have represented many clients who were injured as a result of the actions of a distracted driver. The use of hand held cell phones behind the wheel continues to be a deadly problem that many now view as an epidemic. On June 7, 2012, United States Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released a "Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving" which contains a comprehensive strategy to address the problem of distracted driving and take action to reduce the number of accidents, injuries and deaths that are caused by distracted driving each year.

The Blueprint plan hopes to build upon the previous efforts made by the U.S. Department…

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Recent Studies on Distracted Driving - The Risks are Greater Than You May Think

Author: Tammy Ruble, Personal Injury Attorney

 In early June, 2012, a Massachusetts man was convicted of homicide in a car crash that happened when he was texting while driving.  His testimony was that he was distracted and looked away from the road for "one quick second." [1]

Several years ago, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute conducted a study of distracted driving which indicated that even minor distractions, such as reaching for a cell phone, measurably increases the chances of a driver being involved in a crash or near-crash event. [2]   More significant distractions, such as texting while operating a heavy truck, increase the risks of a crash by more than 23 times.  Many states, including Virginia,…

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The Distracted Driving Epidemic

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Distracted driving occurs when a driver's primary attention is taken away from the essential task of driving a motor vehicle. This common behavior endangers the life of the driver as well as other drivers, passengers and pedestrians.  Unfortunately, distracted driving has risen to epidemic levels on our highways all across the country.   Thousands of car accidentsoccur each year due to this extremely dangerous manner of driving.

Drivers should be focused on the road and be prepared to respond in a split second to unforeseen circumstances that might suddenly arise. When a driver becomes distracted, at least one of these three things…

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National Phone Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors

Author: P. Christopher Guedri

Distracted drivers cause car accidents.  Every day, on our roads and highways, distracted drivers cause collisions that seriously injure and kill innocent people.[1] Many times these are friends or family members who are in the vehicle with them.

When a driver takes his or her focus away from the primary task of driving, the risk of being involved in a car crash immediately increases. What are people really doing while they are driving? Why do drivers get so distracted? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a recent survey (11/2010 - 12/2010) to look at distracted driving behaviors and attitudes of drivers over the age of 18. Over 6,000…

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Distracted Driving Kills

Taking your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, or your mind off your primary task of driving safely is considered "distracted driving."  Statistics show the extent of the problem and the tragic results. In 2009,  5,474 people were killed  in motor vehicle crashes involving driver distraction, and 448,000 were injured.[1]Sixteen percent (16%) of teen drivers involved in a fatal crash in 2009 were reported to have been distracted. Text messaging is by far the most alarming distraction as it requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver. "Distracted driving" includes:

Texting Using a cell phone or smartphone Eating and drinking Talking to passengers Grooming Reading, including maps Using a…

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