We often report on distracted driving of all forms, but changing clothes while behind the wheel? As if putting on makeup and eating breakfast was not bad enough, a driver in Melbourne was observed by a witness changing clothing when she drove into the back of a school bus from Viera High School in Melbourne when school was letting out December 6. According to a report by the Florida Highway Patrol, children were getting off the bus at Oak Park Drive and St. Andrews in Suntree but fortunately they were not hurt. The clothes-changing driver, a young woman, was airlifted to a local hospital.
The distracted driving injury lawyers in Jacksonville of Farah & Farah is glad that no one was injured in this bus crash that could have been much worse. In fact, distracted driving was blamed for 448,000 traffic injuries and 5,474 fatalities in the U.S. in 2009. And as traffic fatalities are declining nationwide, the number of traffic crashes related to distracted driving has increased from 10 to 16 percent from 2005 to 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports the age group responsible for the greatest number of distracted driving crashes was the under-20 group.
Farah & Farah advises drivers to consider your time behind the wheel as one of intense focus. Not paying attention can mean that in a second or two your life could be over or forever altered. Driving is not downtime between point-A and point-B to be filled with busy work. We’ve seen the end result of too many casual and reckless drivers who must now try and pick up the pieces of a life they once knew and will never be the same.
Source: http://www.wesh.com/news/29937016/detail.html; http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811379.pdf