Attorney Chad McLain of Graves McLain visited Good Day Tulsa on KTUL on April 18th to discuss April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. During the discussion, he addressed the risks of distracted driving as well as the penalties distracted drivers can face. Watch the video here:
What is Distracted Driving?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from the road. These activities include texting on a phone, talking to other passengers, eating or drinking, and manipulating devices. Distractions fall into three categories:
- Visual Distractions take the driver’s eyes off the road.
- Manual Distractions take the driver’s hands off the wheel.
- Cognitive Distractions take the driver’s mind off the task.
Distracted Driving Statistics
In the U.S. nine people are killed—and 1,000 injured—in crashes involving a distracted driver each day. One out of four accidents is caused by texting while driving, which is six times more likely to cause accidents than driving drunk. During 2015, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 391,000 injuries and over 3,400 deaths due to distracted driving.
Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving
Accidents and injuries caused by distracted driving are ultimately preventable. The following tips can help ensure you make it to your destination safely:
- Never Use Your Phone While Driving
- Avoid Multitasking in a Vehicle
- Don’t Drive While Drowsy
- Limit the Number of Passengers
Penalties for Distracted Driving
In November 2015, Oklahoma outlawed texting while driving. Law enforcement officers can stop drivers they observe texting and issue a fine of $100. Some texting or cellphone use violations may also result in reckless driving charges. In circumstances where a violation results in the death of another person, a driver could face charges of vehicular homicide.
We Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, call Graves McLain right away at 918-359-6600. When you call one of our experienced Tulsa, Oklahoma Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys, we will speak with you for FREE and determine the best course of action.
We review every detail of your situation at no cost to you—and fight hard to protect your rights. Trust our team, we are here to help. At Graves McLain, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front—and you owe us nothing until we win your case. At Graves McLain, we don’t get paid until you do.
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