Are you guilty of engaging in dangerous behavior when behind the wheel? If so, you’re not alone. It’s no secret that we live in a world of multi-tasking, especially here in the Austin area. It’s almost impossible to keep your attention solely on the road with so many distractions lurking about, such as children in the back seat, that important email or text dinging on your phone, the GPS barking directions at you, and a passenger attempting to engage you in conversation.
Although these distractions may seem harmless, they can actually cause serious problems on the road. Whether you become so distracted you forget to do something that can keep you safe, or you fail to see something occurring ahead of you because your mind is on something else, distractions behind the wheel lead to accidents.
And it’s not just distracted driving causing problems on the roads of Austin, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio; a variety of other dangerous behaviors occur on the roads and put your life at risk on a daily basis.
The Problem May Be Worse Than You Think
Driving and completing other tasks at the same time has become a constant in today’s world, as has behavior that can put yourself and others at risk. Because of this, the AAA Foundation for Safety conducted a study about just how often drivers engaged in risky behavior when behind the wheel, and what that behavior was.
The survey included data from a sample of 2,442 drivers, age 16 and older, who have driven in the last 30 days. Some of the shocking highlights include:
- 32 percent of drivers had a difficult time keeping their eyes open because they were so tired when behind the wheel in the last 30 days. Of these, 22 percent admitted that it happened more than once in that time period.
- 42 percent of drivers read an email or text message while driving. Of these drivers, 12 percent admitted that doing so is a regular occurrence.
- 13 percent of drivers polled stated that they drove with alcohol levels possibly near or above the legal limit in the last year. Almost 10 percent of drivers admitted they had done so more than once.
- A whopping 70 percent of drivers talked on cellphones while driving in the last month, and 31 percent stated they did so regularly.
- 18 percent of drivers drove without wearing seatbelts in the last 30 days. 15 percent of those drivers confessed that they had done so more than once.
- Nearly 50 percent of drivers polled drove 15 miles per hour over the posted speed limit on the freeway in the last month, and 15 percent stated they did so regularly. Additionally, 45 percent of drivers confessed to driving 10 miles per hour over the speed limit on side streets.
- 39 percent of drivers admitted that they ran through red lights when they could have stopped safely in the last 30 days, and 26 percent of drivers said they did so more than once.
- 32 percent of drivers typed or sent texts in the last month while driving, and 8 percent admitted to doing so regularly.
People Die and Become Injured Every Day Because of Dangerous Driving
As you can see, it’s not just distracted driving that puts those on the road at risk for their lives; speeding and breaking traffic laws also increase your chances of getting into a car accident. If another driver caused you to become hurt in an accident, don’t trust the insurance company to get you the compensation you deserve. Instead, hire an attorney who is experienced in defending the rights of accident victims. Call the law offices of Wayne Wright at 800-237-3334 to schedule your appointment to speak with a legal professional about your case, and find out if you are eligible to receive financial compensation.