Distracted Driving Car Accidents in St. Louis a Spring Danger

Distracted Driving Car Accidents in St. Louis a Spring Danger

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are using the entire month of April to help to raise awareness in drivers about just how dangerous driving with distractions can be. It’s sad, but driving with cell phones and other electronics has kind of become the norm.

It’s time to change that! As a matter of fact, it’s become so common that these kinds of accidents killed more than 3,000 people in the United States in just 2010. Officials estimate that about a quarter of allcar accident in St. Louis and elsewhere involve a driver who is distracted. These are all accidents that are completely preventable!

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St. Louis personal injury attorneys and AARP are working to help spread the word about this important month-long campaign. AARP is inviting motorists across the state to check out one of its Driver Safety programs to help to reduce the risks of accidents on our roadways.

Unfortunately, many drivers underestimate or fail to recognize the risks and the consequences of distracted driving. Another advantage of taking one of these Driver Safety courses is that you can save some money on your car insurance rates.

The bottom line is that safe driving habits are the key to staying alive on our roadways. One of the most important of these habits is to keep your focus and your attention on the road and off of distractions!

“It’s time to start changing the social acceptance of cell phone use while driving,” said Janet Froetscher from the National Safety Council.

For National Distracted Driving Awareness Month 2012, safe driving advocates are asking drivers around the country to take the pledge to practice safe and distraction-free driving. You should take the pledge, too. It’s quick, easy and it could save your life!

Take The Pledge:

-Keep distractions out of the driver’s seat no matter what!

-If you’re riding in a vehicle that has a distracted driver, speak up! Talk with them about the risks. Ask that they put their attention back on the roadway.

-Talk with others about the dangers of distracted driving.

In 2010, there were nearly 151,500 car accidents in the state of Missouri, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). Economic loss associated with these accidents is estimated at more than $3 million. Of these accidents, there were nearly 1,000 people killed and another 55,000 people who were injured. That means someone was killed every 11 hours and someone was injured every 10 minutes.

Some of the top causes of these accidents involved distracted driving. According to experts, distractions are a factor in one out of every four accidents. Do your part today and take the pledge to be a better driver! Drivers are asked to keep cell phones and text messages out of the driver’s seat. These activities can wait until you’ve safely stopped the car. No text and no phone call is worth a human life. Make the change that could save your life!

 

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Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC

Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC is a litigation law firm that represents individuals and families in serious personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Missouri. We help people who have been injured in all types of accidents—including car or truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and much more. Whether your injury is something that can cause long-term issues like a brain injury or spinal cord injury, or it is something you’ll likely make a full recovery from, we are here to help.

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