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The Danger of Distracted Drivers

Over 80 percent of Michigan drivers feel that people who talk on cell phones while operating a vehicle are more likely to be involved in an auto accident, according to a survey conducted by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. However, of these survey respondents, more than 56 percent admit to making and accepting phone calls while driving themselves.

Distracted driving has always been a reality – drivers eat, pick things up off of the floor, reach into the backseat to tend to their children, adjust song selection, or apply makeup. Now, however, cell phones and handheld devices have made driving on Michigan highways even more treacherous.

Obviously, as the survey indicates, it’s not that drivers are unaware of the dangers they cause by talking and texting while driving, but the ability and pressure to stay constantly connected and available takes precedence.

As April comes to a close, we can remind you that this is National Distracted Driver Awareness Month, but every month, every day calls for vigilance on the roads. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident as a result of another motorist’s distracted driving, contact David Femminineo to discuss your case.