DOT Campaign Shares Stories of Fatal Distracted-Driving Car Accidents in St. Louis and Elsewhere

DOT Campaign Shares Stories of Fatal Distracted-Driving Car Accidents in St. Louis and Elsewhere

There were more than 1,500,000 reports of distracted driving-related car accidents in St. Louis and elsewhere in 2009. To help reduce the risks of these types of accidents, the U.S. Department of Transportation has updated its “Faces of Distracted Driving” campaign. The government agency is adding even more stories to the campaign to remind drivers to be cautious and alert on our roadways during the upcoming holiday season. Distractions contribute to far too many fatal accidents every year.

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According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the distracted driving campaign was launched in November 2010 and has been viewed more than 100,000 times. The campaign offers real-life stories through a video series from families who have lost a loved one because of the carelessness of a distracted driver.

Our St. Louis car accident attorneys understand that distracted driving contributes to about 20 percent of all accidents on U.S. roadways. These types of accidents took the lives of more than 5,400 people in the United States in 2009. These accidents injured nearly 500,000 more. Nearly 1,000 of the fatalities were the result of an accident involving a cell phone-using driver. Although drivers under the age of 20 are most likely to be involved in a distracted driving-related traffic accident, drivers of all ages are guilty of the irresponsible behavior.

Every day, motorists are killed on our roadways because of distracted drivers. LaHood reminds motorists that no text message or phone call is worth the risks. Too many lives are lost because of needless distractions.

“I thank all of the families of distracted driving victims who have bravely chosen to share their stories of loss with the world,” said LaHood.

Drivers who use a cell phone behind the wheel are four times more likely to be involved in an accident. As a matter of fact, using a cell phone gives a driver the same reaction time as someone who is legally drunk.

Missouri is one of the few states left that has no restriction on drivers and cell phone use. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, the only restriction that is placed on drivers is that those who are under the age of 21 are not allowed to text while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Everyone else is free to do as they wish.

While distracted driving is oftentimes used to describe making phone calls and text messaging behind the wheel, it can also refer to a number of other activities, including messing with the radio, using a GPS, applying makeup, talking to other passengers, eating, smoking, drinking, grooming, reading, etc.

Drivers are asked to make responsible decisions behind the wheel to curb the distractions. By practicing alert and focused driving, we can all help to save lives on our roadways. Driving requires your undivided focus and attention.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a Missouri car accident with a distracted driver, contact St. Louis Injury Lawyer Ryan R. Cox for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 636-946-6886.

More Blog Entries:

St. John’s Health System Supports Drowsy Driving Prevention Week to Help Curb Car Accidents in Missouri, St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer Blog, November 11, 2011

Chance to Win a New Car for Raising Awareness of Distracted Driving Accidents in Missouri, St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer Blog, November 4, 2011

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