Distracted Driving: The Consequences And Effects Of Affected Driving

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You feel the vibration of your phone and you reach for it in the passenger seat. You ran through a red light and hit a car from oncoming traffic. You are terrible injured and will be disabled for the rest of your life and the person you hit is dead. Who is responsible for all this damage? The culprit, your cellphone. Sometimes in life, ¨sorry¨ is like a magic word and can change everything; there are times when ¨sorry¨ just doesn 't cut it. You do apologize to the family of the person you hit, but will that bring back their loved one? People forget the consequences when using their smartphones while driving. By researching background information about distracted driving and discussing current actions being taken to address the problem, this …show more content…
According to “Facts and Statistics” (n.d.) they say, ¨Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person 's attention away from the primary task of driving.¨ Many people think of distracted driving as only texting and talking on the phone but they do not realize that it could be anything from changing a song to grooming. They might also forget that they can endanger themselves and others safety. Furthermore, distracted driving accidents impact everyone. ¨These deaths and injuries have an immeasurable impact on families and communities as they tragically and irrevocably change people’s lives. In addition to the huge emotional toll these injuries exact, they also cause considerable economic loss to casualties, their families and nations as a whole.¨ (World Health Organization, 2011.) The crashes affect the families of those hurt and injured emotionally and financially as well. This creates an unsafe environment and becomes a huge …show more content…
A table from ¨Estimated Number of People¨ suggests that the percentage of injuries from distraction-affected accidents have risen from 5 percent to 8 percent for years 2010 to 2013 (2015). The information above shows that distraction is becoming more and more significant each year. Not to mention, the amount of people killed and hurt is tremendous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that ¨In 2012 driver distraction was the cause of 18 percent of all fatal crashes – with 3,328 people killed – and crashes resulting in an injury – with 421,000 people wounded¨ ("The Dangers of Texting," 2014). Many people are risking their lives and others because they were too distracted to pay attention to the road. Moreover, many young adults are the cause of most distraction-affected crashes. ¨Drivers in their 20s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes¨ (¨Facts and Statistics¨, n.d.). Young adults do have the most experience with technology; social media plays a huge part in their lives. This would make them the largest proportion of distracted drivers. Because of that, this has been a significant issue since the introduction of texting. According to "The Dangers of Texting," (2014), The popularity of texting and smart phones has had unintended and harmful consequences. The mobile communications are connected to a remarkable increase in injury and deaths in distracted driving. Driving is becoming more

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