Driving while drunk and driving while distracted are two of the most dangerous things a person can do while operating a motor vehicle. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and today on the blog, we take a look and compare drunk and distracted driving to find out which is the most dangerous.
According to the Brain Injury Society, both distraction and drunk driving can impair a driver’s motor skills, causing them to not be able to brake is time, follow another vehicle too closely, or accidentally weave into oncoming traffic.
Research shows that people who are driving and texting at the same time have about a 23 percent higher chance of causing an accident – that statistic is the equivalent of drinking four beers and then getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.
The Brain Injury Society further indicates that the most dangerous aspect about texting and driving is that the eyes of the driver are taken off the road. The average person takes their eyes off the road for a total of 23 seconds to dial or respond to a text message.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are thousands of wrongful deaths every year in the United States that are the direct result of distracted driving accidents:
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