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Distracted Driving in 2022

I was driving down I-65 yesterday when I saw a young woman on her phone. She appeared to be texting someone. As I drove by her, I noticed her eyes were not looking at the road or the vehicles in front of her. For about 8 seconds, she never glanced up. All the while she was driving about 70 miles an hour.  

We all have these stories. Almost every day, we pass by people driving while texting or otherwise looking at their phones. To make matters worse, nearly everyone knows that this is extremely dangerous. There are several high-profile advertising campaigns concerning it, including one by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.  The NHTSA says that in 2019 alone 3,142 people died because of distracted driving.

So why do people continue to do this knowing how dangerous it is? Many people that drive while on their phone are not even doing it consciously. This is because smartphones and social media are designed to hijack your attention. Sean Parker, the first president of Facebook admitted that Facebook was designed to “consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible.” Facebook and other social media networks consciously exploit our psychological needs. When driving, this can have severe consequences when a “ding” or notification on our phone pulls our attention away from the road and toward our phone.

So how do we fix this problem? Many phones have driving modes, but these are not very effective and can be circumvented. Most phones now also allow voice control, but there is nothing more annoying than having your phone mishear your voice and call the wrong contact or type the wrong thing (Here is a list of funny autocorrect mistakes but some are not PG). 

Texting while driving

The safest bet seems to be avoidance. The key is stopping the source of the distraction. If you are someone who is distracted by your phone while driving, then turn your phone off. If you won’t turn it off, then at least silence your social media, e-mail and text notifications and shut off the screen. The bottom line is the call can wait. The text can wait. Facebook can wait. Whatever you do, don’t turn into a statistic. Stay off your phones when driving.

If you are injured in a car wreck by someone who was engaging in distracted driving, our law firm, Johnstone Carroll, can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Of course, we don’t represent people who contributed to the accident by engaging in distracted driving themselves. Contact us to learn more about our personal injury practice.  

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