"Heads Up Driving Week" to Help Reduce Risks of Distraction-Related Car Accidents in New York and Elsewhere

October 1, 2011
By Ronai & Ronai, LLP on October 1, 2011 7:06 AM |

Distracted driving has become a serious problem on roadways across the country and these distracted drivers have contributed to far too many preventable car accidents in Manhattan and elsewhere. For this reason, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has decided to dedicate an entire week to help raise awareness and to educate drivers about the dangers that come along with driver distractions. The week-long campaign is called "Heads Up Driving Week" and is taking place from September the 26th through October the 2nd. Drivers across the country are encouraged to join the campaign's efforts and take the pledge to curb the distractions behind the wheel.
According to a recent study from the University of Utah, drivers just aren't wired to multi-task behind the wheel. Statistics reveal that roughly 8,000 car accidents happen every day because of distracted drivers. Still, far too many drivers are talking on the phone, sending text messages, applying makeup, surfing the web, eating, drinking and smoking, all while trying to drive.

Our New York car accident lawyers understand that a majority of drivers, 92 percent to be exact, feel that emailing or texting at the wheel is a completely unacceptable behavior. On top of that, roughly 80 percent of drivers say that they support anti-distraction laws, according to the AAA Foundation's 2010 Traffic Safety Culture Index. Still, drivers across the country are engaging in these dangers. Researchers point to the "do as I say, not as I do" attitude for these findings.

"Driving while texting, emailing or talking on the phone aren't perceived as egregious behaviors despite overwhelming scientific evidence of the serious crash risk these behaviors pose," said AAA Foundation President and CEO Peter Kissinger.

Dangerous driving facts:

-More and 1 million people have been killed in traffic accidents during the last 25 years. Nearly 35,000 people were killed in 2010 alone.

-Studies indicate that drivers spend at least half of their time driving while engaging in distracting behaviors.

-Drivers are four times more likely to get into an accident when using a cell phone behind the wheel.

-Distractions can include changing the radio station/volume, rubbernecking, emailing, surfing the web, talking on a cell phone, sending text messages, using a road map or a GPS device, eating, drinking and talking with passengers.

-Passengers are in fact the top reported cause of distraction-related car accidents.

In 2010, there were approximately 3,100 people who were killed in traffic accidents that involved a distracted driver. These types of accidents and fatalities are 100 percent preventable. The fight against distractions starts with you!

For "Heads Up Driving Week," AAA is asking all drivers to take the pledge to put down all distractions. AAA suggests you try it just for a week, and you're sure to see the real benefits of focus, uninterrupted driving. Drivers can take the pledge on the AAA website.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a distraction-related car accident in New York City or in any of the surrounding areas, contact the car accident attorneys at Ronai & Ronai, LLP. For a free appointment to discuss your rights, call 1-800-664-7111 today.

More Blog Entries:

NOYS Hosts the 2011 Distracted Driving Summit to Help Reduce Risks of Teen Car Accidents in New York, Nation, New York Injury Lawyer Blawg, September 29, 2011

State to State Teen Safety Plan Aimed to Reduce the Risk of Young Driver Accidents in New York City, Nationwide
, New York Injury Lawyer Blawg, August 5, 2011