Business Execs Meet to Discuss Distracted Driving

Senator Calls Meeting with Business Leaders to Help Prevent Distracted Driving

distracted drivingSmart phones, tablets, MP3 players, GPS devices, and Google glass – technology we all love, but which can lead to distracted driving accidents.

However, Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller, of West Virginia, believes that leaders in the automotive and technology industries can help put a stop to the problem.

Rockefeller met earlier in February with executives from General Motors, Toyota, Apple, Google, AT&T and Verizon to discuss the growing problem of distracted driving accidents. With automotive manufacturers adding more new technology to vehicles, like built-in voice command phones and Dominos-Ford app to order pizza while driving, it is increasingly likely that temptation will keep drivers from paying attention to traffic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, distracted driving kills 9 people every day in the United States, and injures over 1,000.

“I think it is irresponsible for companies to feed into consumers’ almost pathological need for connectivity without regard for the safety implications,” Rockefeller said at the meeting.

“We have to do everything possible to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and get every driver to break this habit that has devastating consequences for public health,” Rockefeller told Hearst Connecticut Media. “Far too many people have suffered because of someone looking away from the road to answer a call or respond to an email or text.”

Although the lure of technology can cause distracted driving, new technology can also help prevent the problem. An app called TXTL8R is currently being tested in Iowa, for free for drivers under the age of 17. The app disables communications on smartphones except for emergency calls while driving.

The US Department of Transportation will also begin to require automotive manufacturers to install vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology, which will help prevent accidents as cars locate other vehicles and determine how fast they are traveling. This new technology could reduce accidents among sober drivers by as much as 80%.

Distracted Driving in South Carolina

Distracted driving includes:

  • talking on a cell phone
  • eating and drinking
  • talking to passengers
  • grooming or putting on makeup
  • reading books, newspapers, or even a map
  • using a PDA or navigation system
  • watching a video or playing on a computer or tablet
  • playing with the radio, a CD or an iPod

It’s a common occurrence to see distracted drivers cruising down South Carolina roads and interstates.  Whether the distraction is eating, putting on makeup, talking on a cellphone, or even just daydreaming, the effects of distracted driving can lead to an accident, resulting in life altering and even deadly consequences.

The statistics on distracted driving nationwide are staggering:

  • 20 percent of crashes which resulted in an injury involved a report of distracted driving
  • of the deaths in distracted related driving accidents, 995 involved a report that the driver was using a cell phone
  • in 2009, 5,474 people were killed on US roadways and an estimated additional 448, 000 were injured in crashes caused by distracted driving

The Strom Law Firm Helps Those Injured by Distracted Drivers

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, the South Carolina accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. will fight for fair compensation for your injuries. Our South Carolina car accident lawyers are prepared to fight for compensation in the courtroom and will defend your right to compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost wages and future earnings, your pain and suffering, and, in the event of a fatal car accident, even wrongful death. Our attorneys offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your personal injury case for distracted driving, so contact us today. 803.252.4800.

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