In an effort to cut down on distracted driving involving mobile devices, AT&T has released a texting while driving simulator. The online simulator shows users the consequences of distracted driving, even if you only look away from the road for a split second. The simulator was released as part of the “It Can Wait” campaign, which reminds drivers that any text or call can wait.  AAA also tried to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving during the 100 deadliest days of summer, between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Distracted Driving in The U.S.

  • In 2014, 3,179 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers.
  • Approximately 431,000 people were injured in distracted driving related crashes in 2014.
  • Drivers in their 20s are 23 percent of drivers in all fatal crashes, but are 27 percent of the distracted drivers and 38 percent of the distracted drivers who were using cell phones at the time of their crashes.
  • The percentage of drivers texting or visibly manipulating handheld devices increased from 1.7 percent in 2013 to 2.2 percent in 2014.
  • More than half (53 percent) of all adult cell phone owners have been on the giving or receiving end of a distracted walking encounter.

It Can Wait

No text is urgent enough to endanger your own life or the lives of others over. Although we often feel like our texts and calls are important enough to check while we’re driving, they’re not. We just feel compelled to always be connected. A good way to avoid the temptation is to put your phone in the backseat and silence the ringer before you start driving. This way, you won’t hear the text or call, which can be a very compelling noise. Avoiding the handheld device altogether is a great way to ensure you stay focused on the task of driving and get to your destination safely.

Distracted Drivers in California

Texting while driving and other distracted driving behaviors have reached epidemic levels in California and across the nation. Distracted drivers are endangering the lives of other drivers, passengers, motorcycle riders, cyclists and pedestrians. You only have one job behind the wheel, and that’s to give your full and undivided attention to the task of safe driving. If a distracted driver has injured you, contact Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS.



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