Reduction in Ottawa accidents and the elimination of dangerous driving
Did you know that texting while driving increases your chances by more than 20 times to become involved in an accident ? The Ontario Provincial Police announced that although people who know how dangerous texting and driving is, drivers are continuing to text and drive. Sarah Anderson, of CFRA reported that the OPP have launched a new campaign “Put Down the Phone and Leave it Alone” in an effort to educate people on the serious dangers of texting , talking and driving. One way they plan to hit home the message is to share stories publicly. They are hoping that people will read true stories of people who have died from texting and driving or talking and driving and think twice about doing it themselves. For example, recently a family released the final text their son wrote, which wasn’t completely finished, as he died while texting it. He was distracted and drove into oncoming traffic.
The OPP have set up a Facebook page for such stories. They are encouraging people to contribute stories of near-misses, accidents and dangerous distracted driving. The goal is to have people rethink their own driving safety habits.
So far, there has been input from the public. People are writing in stories that need to be shared. As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I sadly meet with families who have lost loved ones as a result of distracted driving. These are senseless accidents and can absolutely be avoided. We worry so much about new teenage drivers, it is important to note that if you have children in the car, you must lead by example. Your children will watch what you are doing, If they learn from you that it is ok to text and drive occasionally, guess what ? They will text and drive. Talk to your children and highlight the fact that you can’t answer your emails or text, as you are driving and driving and texting is not an option. Please, please put your devices far away from the wheel. This will avoid any temptation you may have . If it’s far enough away, you can’t grab it.
Texting and driving has become a serious problem and we must put an end to it. Regardless of how many years you have been driving you cannot text and drive. It takes a split second for an accident to happen. That accident could kill you, your family or someone else. If you don’t believe me, call me and I can share some very sad stories with you.
Let’s all work together to eliminate dangerous driving. It can be done. All we have to do is change our mindsets and our habits. Drive safely !
Car accidents can happen any time, to anyone and for many reasons that include driver error, mechanical defects and roadway hazards. Unfortunately, many car accidents that I see as an Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer are sometimes Ontario accidents caused by the use of handheld devices while driving.
Accidents and Talking on the Phone
I understand that it is tempting to talk on cell phones while driving. Despite that fact that Ontario has banned the use of handheld devices while driving, many people are still using them. Even if you are not talking on a handheld device, the simple act of having a conversation while driving is distracting in and of itself – even if held using a hands-free device. Studies show us that as much as 80% of the population admits to carrying on telephone conversations while driving. Those same studies show us that as much as 25% of all car accidents list cell phone usage as a contributing factor. As many as 2600 people die each year as a result of car accidents caused by cell phone use. In additional to those fatal car accidents, another 330,000 suffer personal injuries.
Car Accidents and Texting
The risk of being involved in a serious car accident is even higher when you are texting on a cell phone, iphone or blackberry, not talking. Anything that takes our eyes off the road and causes a distraction can be the precipitating factor in any car accident. While talking on the phone can be distracting, texting clearly takes our eyes off the road. One study showed that for a driver that was sending or receiving a text message, in a six second period, four of those seconds were spent with their eyes off the road. Given the fact that the time frame to recognize and respond to changing road conditions is about two seconds, it is not hard to see why texting can be so dangerous. Distracted driving is by far the most common reason given for car accident causes. Guess what? The use of handheld devices is also the biggest sub-category within distracted driving.
It’s common sense folks, just don’t do it. You can respond to that email when you are in a safe place and your eyes can focus solely on your phone. It’s not worth the risk !