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Each year the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center treats approximately 7,000 patients. In 2018, 38% of patients were brought in due to a motor vehicle collision. A large portion of these accidents can be attributed to some form of distracted driving.
Distracted driving refers to any behavior that takes your attention off of driving. Behaviors that divert attention from the road include:
- Using your cell phone
- Reaching for something in your car
- Eating or drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Adjusting the music
Engaging in distracted driving increases the likelihood of a motor vehicle accident.
Distracted driving not only puts yourself in jeopardy but others on the road. The CDC reports that every day about 8 people in the United States are killed in motor vehicle crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. It takes only a few seconds of distracted driving to cause an accident. The injures sustained from distracted driving collisions are preventable.
Driving a motor vehicle is a big responsibility. Only a few seconds of distracted driving may drastically alter the rest of your life or the lives of others on the road. Do your part to stay safe on the road by giving your full attention to driving.