We have become a society that believes multitasking should be applauded. Time is a very valuable and limited resource to many people, and as a result, they are eager to complete as many tasks as they can at one time. Unfortunately, many of the same industrious people choose to multitask while driving, which often ends in tragedy. In 2015, there were 8,012 crashes in Oklahoma alone that involved some form of distracted driver. Read the rest »
Operating a motor vehicle in an “emotional” frame of mind may be dangerous. One study reported by ABC News found that drivers who are experiencing extreme sadness, anger, or agitation are ten times more likely to be involved in a crash. Read the rest »
In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration attributed 13% of all traffic fatalities to distracted driving. The percentage may actually be much higher, since drivers are not likely to admit they were not focused on the road. Read the rest »
Mobile phones are commonly used examples of distracted driving, as people use them each day. Today, newer vehicles are manufactured with a host of other potential distractions.
Roughly 53% of drivers in a recent study said that the manufacturer-integrated informational components, entertainment features, and hands-free capabilities are “safe.” This perception may partially be due to state laws that are focused on restricting mostly handheld usage and not hands-free devices. The problem is that all usage causes some degree of distraction to the brain…and multi-taking behind the wheel is not safe. Read the rest »
In some respects, noise-canceling headphones are one of life’s greatest blessings. They allow wearers to focus intensely on their music, or audiobook, or whatever-else-it-is they are choosing to listen to. But for a driver or a pedestrian on the roadway, noise-canceling headphones can be a deadly distraction. Read the rest »
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and for Oklahomans, the event could not be more timely. On January 31, Oklahoma State Trooper Nick Dees lost his life when he was struck and killed by a driver who was updating social media on his cell phone at the time. Trooper Dees was responding to an accident on I-40 when the crash that took his life occurred.
Currently, Oklahoma is one of only a few states that do not ban texting while driving. Two bills have been introduced in the state legislature to address this problem. Many experienced Oklahoma distracted driving accident lawyers have already contacted their representatives to encourage these bills to pass, and they hope that other Oklahomans will do the same. Read the rest »
A 27-year-old man was injured when his stopped motorcycle was struck by a driver who was looking at a phone instead of the roadway. According to a Tulsa World news report, the distracted driving accident occurred on US 169 northbound in Tulsa. Officials say the 27-year-old motorcyclist came to a stop because of slowed traffic when he was rear-ended by a Chevrolet Silverado. Officials say the driver of the Silverado was checking to see whether his phone rang and did not have his eyes on the roadway. The victim was transported to Saint Francis Hospital in serious condition. The 42-year-old driver of the Silverado was not injured in the crash. It is unclear if he will be cited for the collision.
Distracted driving is extremely dangerous. You are much more likely to cause an accident if your mind is not focused on the task at hand, your eyes are not on the roadway, or your hands are not on the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,328 people were killed and approximately 421,000 people were injured nationwide in distraction-affected crashes in 2012. Read the rest »
A child was injured in an Oklahoma City car accident, which officials believe, involved a distracted driver. According to a KFOR news report, the car crash occurred at I-44 and SW 29th in Oklahoma City. Officials say a woman was driving slowly to a gas station because her vehicle’s tire blew out when a truck rear ended her. Officials also say the driver of the truck was texting while driving. A child, who was in the backseat of the car, was transported to a nearby hospital with back injuries.
There are a number of laws and regulations regarding distracted driving in Oklahoma. Throughout the state, there is a handheld ban for drivers with a learner’s permit or intermediate license. There is also a ban on cell phone use and text messaging for all bus drivers. Read the rest »
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