Distractions are everywhere. In recent years, drivers have been faced with more temptation to take their eyes off the road than ever. Driving is a skill that requires your full attention to safely control your vehicle and respond to events happening on the roads around you. Accidents today caused by the slightest distraction, looking away, changing a radio station, answering a cellphone, even waving goodbye, can result in life-altering injuries or worse.
We see the signs all over our Connecticut highways: “Don’t drive distracted yet, many people do multiple times per car trip. With that in mind, Connecticut drivers need to take extra caution when heading out on the roads. Accidents today are caused mostly by driver distractions. That being said, distracted driving is the leading cause of most vehicle crashes and near-crashes. In most crashes, the distraction occurred within three seconds before the vehicle crash.
According to a study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), 80 percent of crashes involved some form of driver distraction, while 65 percent of near-crashes also involved a distracted driver.
When you are driving, the condition of the roadway you are on and the behavior of other drivers can change abruptly, leaving you little or no time to react. When you are driving, follow these rules:
When the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration examined the statistics, it was discovered that up to 416,000 people were injured in an accident that was caused by a distracted driver.