GHSA and Distracted Driving Survivor Advocates Team Up to Reinforce the Need for Comprehensive Approach to Driver Inattention

These two organizations call on the states to implement a comprehensive strategy. This includes enforcement of primary texting bans and hand-held cellphone bans. This will reduce car accidents, motorbike accidents, pedestrian accidents and truck accidents. It also involves extensive public outreach to explain how distractions can cause drivers to lose their eyes and minds and put others, especially those outside, at risk.

Jonathan Adkins, Executive Director of GHSA, stated that nearly half a million drivers are distracted at the wheel at any given time in the United States. It’s a deadly and dangerous epidemic that accounts for 8-10% of fatal car accidents. This statistic has not changed much over the past seven years. This problem requires a broad approach that includes engineering, technology advances, education, and equitable enforcement strong laws.

Distracted driving caused 3,142 deaths in the United States in 2019, an increase of 10% over the previous year. With traffic fatalities rising in the first nine months 2020, and evidence pointing towards more distracted driving during the COVID-19 epidemic, could see these numbers rise even further.

Many states participate in “U Drive” and other national enforcement campaigns. U Text. U Text” which encourage positive behavior change. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demonstrations in California’s Sacramento Valley and Delaware showed that distracted driving was less common among drivers after increased enforcement by police and greater awareness about distracted driving via radio ads and news stories.

GHSA joins with StopDistractions.org, which was founded by Jennifer Smith, one of the nation’s preeminent road safety advocates. Smith lost her mother to distracted driving in 2008. In 2008, a driver using a cell phone while driving ran a red light. She turned her terrible loss into action, and led efforts in many states to strengthen distracted driving laws.

Smith stated that “many state distracted driving laws have been in place for years and have not kept up with the rapid technological advancements.” “StopDistractions.org has been instrumental in modernizing state policy, as well as promoting fair and equitable enforcement of these laws by state and local police.”

Nearly all states have passed some form of law against distracted driving. However, nine states have now adopted hands-free distracted driving laws. These laws account for new technology and state clearly when and how drivers can use electronic devices behind the wheel. 24 states and D.C. currently ban the use of handheld cellphones, and 48 states ban texting while driving. While no state bans the use of cellphones, including hands-free operations, for all drivers, 37 states and D.C. prohibit novice drivers from using them, while 23 states and D.C. ban school bus drivers from using them.

Massachusetts and Virginia both made improvements to their distracted driving laws. They also added additional protections to encourage equitable enforcement. These included data collection requirements and reporting requirements for traffic stops. The National Council of Insurance Legislators is a bipartisan group of state policymakers that recently adopted a model state distracted-driving law. It includes traffic stop data collection provisions as well as safeguards against unreasonable searches.

Adkins stated, “Anyone walking, biking or driving in America today will see motorist distraction all around them” and that it is crucial to address this issue in order to reverse the current surge of pedestrian deaths and push for zero traffic deaths.

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About GHSA

Governors Highway Safety Association is a non-profit association that represents highway safety offices of all 50 states, territories, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) provides leadership and representation to the states and territories in order to improve traffic safety and influence national policy. It also helps program management, promote best practices, and enhance program management. The Governors appoint its members to manage federal and state highway safety funds, and to implement state highway safety programs. For more information, visit ghsa.org or follow us on Facebook.

About StopDistractions.org

StopDistractions.org, a grassroots non-profit organization, is dedicated to ending the devastating effects of distracted driving accidents that result in the death or injury of a loved one. Stopdistractions.org brings together victims of distracted driving, survivors, foundations, and the general public in order to raise awareness and recognize this dangerous behavior. For more information, visit StopDistractions.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Appendix A

Auto Accidents

Every year, thousands of people are killed and injured in motor vehicle accidents. They are the number one cause of death among those aged below thirty-four.

Many victims or their families can face devastating medical bills or lost income. This can only be achieved through a personal injuries lawsuit with the help of an automobile collision lawyer.

Over 43,300 people were killed in accidents on the highways nationwide last year. This equates to more than 115 deaths per day. These accidents cost over $150 billion annually. Statistics show that you are statistically more likely to sustain personal injuries from an auto accident than any other. It is important to know how to protect yourself and your legal rights.

You should get medical attention immediately if you have suffered injuries. If you delay treatment, the defendant might argue that your injury was not caused by his negligence driving. Instead, it may have been something that happened between the accident and the visit to the doctor.

Drunk driving accidents

Over 17,000 Americans are killed each year in drunken driving accidents. A total of 500,000 people are also injured every year by drunk driving accidents. This equates to one drunk driving injury for every four minutes and one automobile accident-related death. It is important that DUI (driving under influence) does not refer to alcohol. However, it could also mean that the driver was under the influence or marijuana and cocaine. A driver could also be held responsible for not following the warning labels on prescription medication. Drunk Driving Accidents refer to driving an automobile under the influence of any type of intoxicant. Many people drive drunk despite knowing that they can avoid drunk driving accidents.

Drivers who drive while impaired often fail to exercise reasonable care. Drivers who are caught driving under the influence are usually found guilty of drunk driving accidents. A drunk driver is often liable for any injuries or damages caused by drunk driving accidents. This compensation usually includes medical care, lost wages past and future, and emotional anguish. Punitive damages are available in drunken driving accidents.

Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian injuries account for approximately 11% of all -related causalities. Nearly 5,000 pedestrians are killed each year in pedestrian accidents. Another 70,000 are injured. Statistics show that pedestrians are more at risk of injury and death than any other non-occupant group involved in motor vehicle accidents.

Half of all pedestrian crashes happen between 3:00 and 4:00 PM. Children and seniors are most at risk in these types accidents. To avoid being hurt while crossing streets or roads, pedestrians should take extra precautions.

There are many reasons pedestrian accidents can occur. Most pedestrian accidents are caused by negligent drivers , not pedestrians. This negligence could include:

* Speeding by the driver

* Driver not paying attention when driving

* Driver is preoccupied

* Driver is under the influence alcohol or drugs

Bicycle or motorcycle accidents

Motorcycle and/or bicycle accidents account for a significant portion of all accident-related casualties every year, approximately 8%. Despite the fact that only 2% of drivers are motorcyclists, they still make up a substantial part of the overall road traffic. Nearly 80% of motorcycle crashes result in death, compared to 20% for motor vehicle accidents. Recent statistics show that a motorcyclist is 16x more likely than an auto occupant to die in a motorcycle accident and 3x more likely to sustain injuries. This translates to more than 3,000 deaths and around 50,000 injuries each year from motorcycle accidents in America. Most motorcycle collisions are not caused by motorcyclists. This is a worrying fact. Most motorcycle accidents are not caused by negligent drivers, unsafe roadway conditions or manufacturing defects.

It is important to follow certain steps if you are in an accident with a bike or motorcycle. If you have been injured, seek immediate medical attention. Police must be summoned to the scene of the accident and create a report. It is vital to exchange information with other involved parties, including phone numbers, addresses and license plates numbers. Photograph the accident scene if possible. Remember that any statements you make after the accident could be used against your in a future case so give only accurate facts. You should always obtain a copy the police report. These reports are usually available within 10 days of the incident. Your lawyer can help you if the report doesn’t accurately reflect what you remember.

Truck Accidents

Every year, more than 5,000 people are killed and 133,000 are injured in truck accidents. Truck accidents are often serious because a commercial truck (large freight carrier, eighteen-wheeler) weighs 25 times more than an average car. Truck accidents pose unique risks that can be made worse by the truck contents. If hazardous, flammable or toxic substances are found in a truck, secondary injuries can occur, including burns and respiratory injury. Truck drivers are statistically more safe than automobile drivers. However, many commercial drivers still drive unsafely.

Trucking accidents can be caused by many factors. Unfortunately, the trucking industry doesn’t always promote safe operation. Some drivers are not given the training they need to operate such a large truck. Others are encouraged to work extra hours to keep their eyes open and take fewer breaks. Sometimes, other motorists may be negligent and cause a truck-truck collision. Truck accidents are most often caused by:

*Driver is under the influence or drugs

*The driver is speeding

*Driver fatigue

*The driver is tailgating

*Incorrect loading of the truck

*Faulty maintenance

*Violations safety regulations

Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyer

Lawyers for tractor trailer accident victims often represent people who have been seriously injured or even killed by the negligence of a tractor truck driver.

Around 500,000 tractor-trailer trucks, or “semis”, are involved in traffic accidents each year in the United States. This results in around 5,000 deaths. One out of eight traffic deaths is actually caused by collisions with tractor trailers or large trucks.

It is not surprising that most deaths and injuries are caused by tractor trailers. These victims or their families must seek the help of a skilled tractor trailer accident lawyer to obtain the rightful compensation.

Federal law requires that tractor trailer operators and large truck drivers obtain a commercial driver’s license and submit to limited drug and alcohol testing. In a case involving tractor trailer accidents, lawyers for the plaintiff often request proof of such testing.

A tractor trailer accident lawsuit often focuses on truck driver fatigue.

New tractor trailer laws implemented by The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration(FMCSA) in 2003 allow drivers to drive 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off-duty. Drivers are not allowed to drive past the 14th hour, after having been on duty for 10 hours.

Similar to existing rules, tractor trailer drivers may not drive after being on-duty for 60 hours in a seven-consecutive-day period or 70 hours in an eight-consecutive-day period. Drivers who have taken at least 34 hours off-duty consecutively may restart the cycle.

A tractor trailer accident lawyer can often win a lawsuit on behalf of the victim or their / their survivors if they are able to show that such regulations were violated, or adhered to negligently.


Uber and Lyft

In the U.S., calling for an Uber/Lyft driver has become more popular. It’s convenient and easy and many city dwellers love having an alternative to the traditional taxi.

However, this industry is not without its dark sides. Uber was sued by a woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted and abused by her driver in April 2019. Police reported in May 2019 that Lyft driver had been accused of sexually assaulting two passengers at separate stops during the same trip.

Both companies have made steps to make their public statements, but it remains unclear what they will do about sexual harassment and assault.

Uber Drivers Assault and Abuse More Than 100 Victims

An CNN report published about a year ago showed that 103 Uber drivers, and 18 Lyft drivers were accused of sexual assault or abuse in the past four years. At least 31 drivers were convicted of related crimes that range from forcible touching and rape.

This data was not made public by ride-sharing companies. CNN investigators found this information after looking at police reports, court records and court databases for 20 cities in the United States. Uber acknowledged the problem. Uber introduced new safety features last year, including an in-app 911 button. Uber also promised to make driver screenings more rigorous, including an annual background check.

The Business Insider reported in June 2019 that Baltimore police were investigating claims that an Uber driver had raped a 25-year old passenger. The New York Times reported in May 2019 that an Uber driver from Pittsburgh was charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment and trying to lock two female passengers inside his vehicle.

A ride-share driver for Uber and Lyft, aged 34, was charged with rape. He was also suspected of having committed at least five sexual assaults as he drove for the companies.

It is not just riders that are at risk.

Uber and Lyft drivers also at risk for sexual harassment and assault

Bloomberg reported that a male Uber driver in Maine was frequently subject to sexual harassment by other passengers a few months back. She claimed she had to fight off one male passenger who tried to kiss her and grab her while she was driving. Another person sat in front of her and began talking about “sexual stuff” until she dropped him at his home.

She reported that over 100 of the many rides she took for Uber and Lyft led to inappropriate advances or unfavorable encounters.

Since its creation in 2016, a private Facebook group for female drivers of ride-sharing vehicles has seen over 10,000 members. Drivers often share their stories of harassment and assault.

Both ride-sharing companies have pledged to make safety for passengers and drivers a top priority. However, currently drivers do not receive formal sexual harassment training, and there is little data available about the frequency of sexual harassment or assaults while riding on ridesharing platforms.


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It is crucial to understand your legal rights if you or someone close to you has been hurt or killed in an accident involving a tractor-trailer or another large truck. Large corporations may employ truckers who will prioritize safety over delivery. Don’t allow the greedy transportation industry to get you. A tractor trailer accident lawyer can help protect your legal rights. Keep in mind that you may have to file a truck accident lawsuit within a certain time limit.

You may be eligible for compensation if you or someone you love was injured in a truck accident. We can help you get a positive outcome. Our highly rated truck accident lawyers will review your case. Some states have time limitations (statutes of limitations) that could prevent you from filing a lawsuit. It is crucial to act quickly and have a truck accident lawyer defend your rights and determine the amount of compensation you are entitled to today.

You should immediately consult us if you are the victim of an injury sustained in a motorcycle or bicycle accident. There may be time limitations or statutes of limitations that could apply to your lawsuit. It is important to act immediately and have a qualified motorcycle accident lawyer assess your case and answer any questions. A motorcycle accident lawyer will help you determine the amount of compensation you are entitled.

You may be eligible to receive damages and compensation if you or someone you care about has been hurt in a pedestrian accident. We can help you evaluate your claim. Most states have time limitations or statutes that may prevent you from bringing a lawsuit. It is crucial to act quickly and let our best pedestrian accidents lawyers protect you and determine your rights today.

Contact us immediately if you are seriously hurt in an auto accident. You or someone you care about has been seriously injured in an accident involving drunk driving. We can help you review your case and protect you legal rights. Your claim may be subject to statutes of limitations. These are time limits on your lawsuit. It is crucial to act quickly to let an experienced drunken driving accident lawyer help you get the compensation you are entitled. It is crucial to act quickly and let our best car wreck lawyers protect you and determine what you are legally entitled to.

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Updated 01/25/22