The dictionary defines the word accident as an unintentional or unexpected unfortunate incident that may have caused injuries or damages. Many would say that it’s simply a stroke of bad luck or misfortune. However, when it comes to car accidents, there are so many that could have been prevented if only the drivers were more responsible. Distracted driving accidents have risen over the years and by now, you’d think that people should have learned their lesson already. Apparently, many still didn’t.
Driving distractions are incredibly serious causes of car crashes. Did you know that in 2017, there were a total of 34,247 car accidents that took the lives of 37,133 people? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the NHTSA, 9% of a total of 2,935 of these fatal crashes involved distraction while driving. A total of 3,166 people were killed just because someone took the wheel while distracted. 9% might seem like a low number, but thousands of lives could have been saved if people simply followed basic driving rules.
Drivers are prohibited from holding their cellphone to text or call while driving in Georgia. You will receive a point against your driving record and will be required to pay $150 when found guilty. However, cellphone use while driving is not the only form of distraction out there. It could be that you looked away from the road while speaking to a passenger. It could also be that you’re changing your car’s temperature or the music on the radio. Sometimes, it could be as simple as daydreaming!
Augusta Tow Truck believes that being a responsible driver is the first step to safety on the road. Sure, there are unfortunate events such as engine failure, the brakes won’t work or the tire blew up. We are here to help you with emergency assistance just in case. However, it is your responsibility as a driver to make sure that you’re doing your best to follow the rules and avoid all kinds of distraction while you’re behind the wheel. You are responsible for your own life, your passengers, and other drivers and passengers of cars that you pass by.
If you need help such as roadside assistance, jumpstarting your vehicle, changing flat tires, or tow truck service in Augusta, call us right away. You may reach Augusta Tow Truck at 706-705-5270 for immediate assistance and free estimates