Are Drivers Becoming More & More Distracted With the Proliferation of Modern Technology?  Some Studies Suggest So!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia roads are full of distracted drivers. Every single day 15 people are killed and well over 1,200 people are injured. This includes Raymond pedestrians all over Coweta County and Georgia.

As the name implies, distracted driving is when some other activity, usually dealing with something within the car or with a cellphone, increases the risk of a Georgia pedestrian accident because the negligent driver’s eyes, hands and mind are off the road.

There are three different types of distractions:

  • Visual distractions – when the operator’s eyes are off the road
  • Manual distractions – when the operator’s hands are off the wheel while the cars is operated on a roadway or parking lot
  • Cognitive – when the operator is concentrating on something other than driving

To get a better idea what distracted driving really is, here are some concrete examples:

  • Talking on a cell phone – it takes one hand off the steering wheel and the driver’s concentration away from the road.
  • Text – this takes one or both hands off the steering wheel and one’s full concentration away from driving.
  • Eating – drivers have to use one hand and a good portion of their concentration to get the food, never-mind looking at the food to grab it.

Unfortunately, when drivers throughout Raymond are distracted, pedestrian accidents occur. This is due in large part to drivers not focusing, because they are turning their radio for the next hit song or checking their cell phone for a text from their significant other. As more technology is being integrated into cars and smartphones are becoming more and more capable of playing music, movies, video texts and whatever else is around the corner, pedestrian accidents in Coweta County are only projected to become more frequent. Here are some more frightening statistics to make you want to minimize your driving and stay off the sidewalks and not cross intersections:

  • In 2009, well over 5,000 people died in crashes and nearly 450,000 people suffered severe injuries, including pedestrians, from distracted Georgia drivers.
  • Of the 5,000 people involved in  pedestrian accidents, 1 out of 5 deaths and 5 percent of the injuries were attributed to distracted drivers.

Distracted driving is further compounded by pedestrians, making Georgia pedestrian accidents even more likely because the same technology that takes driver’s focus off the road, keeps pedestrians from using their senses to stay safe. Some examples of this include:

  • Headphones keep important noises such as ambulances, large truck engines and passenger horns from being heard before it’s too late.
  • Smartphones, the next generation of cell phones, enable people to have media on the go, along with their traditional portable phone. Whether a pedestrian is texting, talking, playing a video game app, or responding to an e-mail, they’re eyes are off the road and their head is not concentrating on their safety.

Due to the proliferation in technology, driver and pedestrian both need to pay more attention to where they are traveling. However, people walking on the streets of Coweta County and elsewhere in Georgia who are paying attention and using their situational awareness to minize their chances of being a victim of a pedestrian accident in Raymond still fall victim to distracted drivers.

If you have been the victim of a pedestrian accident due to the negligence of a distracted driver, PI attorney Shane Smith will be able to help you. Call (888) 927-6955 to schedule a free consultation to see how the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you obtain justice! 

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