In coordination with Distracted Driving Awareness Month, AAA is warning drivers to avoid distractions while they are behind the wheel. According to AAA, distracted drivers cause more than 100,000 traffic accidents in the last five years in the state of Tennessee.
A recent AAA Consumer Pulse survey shows just how big of a problem this has become, with the majority of state’s residents noting that texting and driving is their top concern while on the road. This is followed by driving when drowsy, grooming and using a cellphone.
The Tennessee Public Affairs Director for AAA added the following: “The number crashes identified by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security as distraction-related is staggering … and probably understated.”
Distracted driving remains a major problem on the national level. In 2014 alone, approximately 3,100 people were killed in accidents involving distracted driving. Along with this, roughly 431,000 people were injured.
AAA shares a variety of information for avoiding texting and driving, including putting your cellphone on silent, placing your phone out of sight and asking passengers for help (as opposed to doing something that could take your eyes off the road).
Unfortunately, even if you do whatever it takes to avoid distracted driving, others may not take the same approach. This puts you in a difficult position as you make your way down the road.
If you’re involved in an accident with a distracted driver, don’t wait to receive medical treatment. From there, you should learn more about the cause of the accident, as this may help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Source: WVLT-TV, “AAA: Tennessee drivers say texting while driving is their main concern for safety,” accessed Dec. 15, 2016