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Drinking and Driving

The holidays are rapidly approaching. Holiday parties, family gatherings and the warmth of the Season abound. Unfortunately this time of year also finds an increase in automobile accidents caused by drunk drivers and distracted drivers. Distracted driving is a real danger. Talking on a cell phone, texting, eating, applying make-up, reading a map are just some of the things we see every day on our streets and highways.

According to the National Highway Transportation Association, "Distracted driving is anything that diverts the driver's attention from the primary tasks of navigating the vehicle and responding to critical events. To put it another way, a distraction is anything that takes your eyes off the road (visual distraction), your mind off the road (cognitive distraction), or your hands off the wheel (manual distraction). So when you think about tasks that can be a driving distraction, you can see that they often fit into more than one category: eating is visual and manual, whereas using a navigation system is all three.

There are two basic components of the distraction safety problem: The attentional demands of the distracting task and the frequency with which drivers choose to multitask. Task demands relate to the amount of resources (visual, cognitive, manual) required to perform the task. The other issue is exposure, which is how often drivers engage in the task. Putting those two concepts together, even an easy task can be a bigger safety problem if the person does the task 50% of their driving time."

The statistics are astounding. For example in 2008, 16% of all fatal crashes were caused by distracted driving. To put that in perspective there were 34,017 fatal crashes in the United States in which 37,261 people lost their lives. Thus almost 6,000 people were killed because of distracted driving.

In 2008, there were 2,346,000 people injured in traffic accidents. 21% of all injury crashes were caused by distracted driving. Thus, over 490,000 people were hurt because of distracted driving.

The bottom line is, if you are driving a vehicle concentrate on that task, there is a good chance the driver next to you is distracted in some way.

If you, your family or friends have been injured in an automobile accident, we can help.

Contact us at 619-233-6078 or visit http://www.beeson4law.com/

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