It is challenging to stay alert while driving at this time of the year. But learning that distracted drivers caused the deaths of more than 2,800 people nationwide in 2018 might hit home and encourage Delaware drivers to avoid distractions. According to the state’s Arrive Alive campaign, distracted driving has become the primary cause of vehicle accidents.
The campaigners say many drivers do not realize that the brain takes about 13 seconds to refocus on driving after taking the eyes off the road to look at a mobile phone. The risk can be underscored by the fact that, at 55 mph, a vehicle travels the length of a football field in about 5 seconds. Also, drivers who text while driving are reportedly at six times higher risk of crashing than those who drink and drive.
The Arrive Alive campaign stresses that multitasking is not something to do while driving. They provide these tips for staying focused on driving:
- Turn mobile phones off or download an app to silence texts and calls while driving.
- Pull off where it is safe to use the phone in emergencies.
- Do not drink and eat while driving.
- Secure pets and children before driving.
- Complete grooming before driving.
- Set music selections, radio, temperature and GPS before driving.
- Avoid reaching for dropped items or searching for something in a purse while driving.
- Keep interactions with passengers casual because intense conversations could be distracting.
- Avoid rubbernecking and being distracted by crashes that occurred earlier.
Victims of Delaware car accidents caused by distracted drivers might have grounds to file personal injury lawsuits in a civil court. If such a case is successfully presented, a monetary judgment might cover financial and emotional damages.