April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving is a factor in many serious Alabama car accidents. Distracted drivers cause many needless injuries and deaths on our highways. At the Blackwell Law Firm, we have helped many Alabama families following a serious injury. We prepare our cases fully in order to obtain the maximum compensation for each individual client. Outside the courtroom, we believe in continuing to advocate for safer highways. We have written numerous articles discussing the types of distracted driving -- Cognitive, Manual and Visual. In our articles we also discuss many ways to reduce this deadly driving danger. You can find these articles on our law firm blog by clicking the link to our website at the end of this slide presentation. We welcome comments and questions.
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What are the
types of driver
Activities where the driver
moves his or her hands
away from controlling the
Activities where the driver
focuses his or her eyes
away from the road.
Activities where the
driver’s mind wanders
away from the task of
• Talking to
• Listening to
the radio or
• Looking for
items in the
• Viewing the
• Eating or
• Reaching for
items in the
• Adjusting the
• Using a
Texting is especially dangerous
because it involves all three types of
distraction at the same time. A
person who is texting takes their
hands, eyes and mind from the task
Texting while driving
VISUAL and COGNITIVE
When a person texts, they take
their eyes, hands and mind from
the task of driving. At a speed of
55 miles per hour, a texting driver
can easily travel longer than the
length of a football field without
paying any attention to the
roadway around them..
Cell phones may be the primary
source of dangerous driver
distraction. Yet, they are not the
only source. Drivers face many
other dangerous distractions.
HOW CAN WE REDUCE
ON ALABAMA ROADS
WE CAN REDUCE DISTRACTED
DRIVING THROUGH ---
LAW Many states (including Alabama) have laws
that are far too weak. In Alabama:
• Current law is limited in application. The
law has not been evaluated over time to
consider changing distractions impacting
• Current law contains minimal penalties.
Distracted driving puts lives at risk. Yet,
the legal fines are minimal.
Distracted driving is a factor in
many car accidents on Alabama
roads and highways. Many needless
injuries and deaths could be
prevented by strengthening current
law to address new distractions and
to provide real penalties.
We Must Utilize
TECHNOLOGY Technology can reduce driving distractions and their
danger. Both car features and phone software could be
used to save lives. Here are a few safety options:
• Car safety features can include systems for forward
collision warning, lane departure warning, automatic
emergency braking, and forward display.
• Cellphones can include a Do Not Disturb mode while
driving, software to deactivate features when your car
reaches a certain speed, and tracking for parents to
monitor their teenage driver.
DRIVING We can also use
technology to create
safety features and
apps that reduce or
EDUCATION We should emphasize safety when educating new drivers:
• According to a Center for Disease Control (CDC) study,
teenage drivers are more likely to suffer a traffic
accident than any other group.
• A 2015 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety,
found 58% of teenager-involved crashes were caused
by distracted driving.
• Explain to your teenage driver how to minimize
potential distractions and keep focused on the road.
Wireless devices are not the only distraction for new
EXAMPLE A prior NPR survey revealed:
• 50% of parents admitted texting their
teenager knowing the teenager was driving.
• 55% of parents admitted using cellphone
apps while driving.
• 62% of parents admitted checking incoming
calls or talking on the cellphone while
Our children are watching our behavior. All
the safety talk in the world will have little
impact if our kids see us continuously
driving in a reckless or dangerous manner.
As parents, what should we do? We
should consciously choose to set the
example in our driving conduct as well as
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