A new report shows from Erie Insurance shows that distracted drivers, thought daydreaming or otherwise lost in thought, are the number one cause of fatal car accidents.
“Distracted driving is any activity that takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, or your mind off your primary task of driving safely,” said Doug Smith, senior vice president of personal lines at Erie Insurance. Erie published this report to encourage drivers to remain cognizant of the types of distractions that can cause fatal accidents, and to avoid this type of behavior while driving.
In addition to encouraging drivers to avoid the distractions above, Erie Insurance offers the following tips to avoid cell phone distraction:
- Let incoming cell phone calls go to voice mail
- If someone calls you while they’re driving, ask them to call you back later and hang up
- If you must talk or text, pull over
- Lead by example; if you want your children to drive safely, show them how it’s done
Of the 65,000 people killed in an auto accident in the last two years, one in ten were killed in crashes caused by a distracted driver. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident, call Foy and Associates today. We will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.