Distracted Driving Derails an Innocent Doctor
by Dr Margaret Aranda /
In the USA, there are 6 million car accidents per year, with half resulting in personal injuries. 2015 statistics show the number of deaths per country (with the risk of dying) as follows: United States = 1.2 million (1.3%); Spain = 43,000 (0.3%); Portugal = 15,400 (0.6%); Korea = 115,000 (0.9%); Columbia = 32,500 (1.0%); Chile = 17,800 (0.9%); Canada = 60,000 (0.5%), and Australia = 21,100 (0.5%).
"Distracted Driving" starts with you, and occurs while taking your eyes off the road to check a text, put on makeup or read the newspaper (yes, it's been done). One is 23 times more likely to be in an accident while driving and texting. It decreases driving-related brain activity by 37%. At 55 mph, that's a loss of 4.6 sec driving time; making the driver literally blind for an entire American football field's length. Both parents and teens need to be aware and prevent 'distracted driving' car accidents.
Image 1. Distracted Driving Maims and Kills. Both parents and teens need increased awareness and prevention of 'distracted driving' car accidents, so here is a site for parents and teens.
The whole meaning of "defensive driving" has evolved from the simple 1970's concept of not starting a cigarette with your car-cigarette lighter. Today, drivers are performing a myriad of activities that lead to deadly and horrific car accidents. In the 2003 Santa Monica Farmer's Market crash, an elderly man reportedly plowed through not mostly fruits, vegetables, and bouquets of flowers in stands, but rather through the middle of the crowded street to kill 10 people and injure another 63. Claiming that he hit the gas instead of the brake pedal, he was absolved of any California crime. His attorney, Mark Overland, J.D., showed that "pedal error cannot constitute negligence."
And that's what happened to me... except a lady reportedly was reaching down to pick up her fast food that had fallen from her passenger seat. She reportedly lost control of the car, and you guessed it...she hit the gas instead of the brakes. For the record, I wanted you all to learn not to light that cigarette, to leave that cell phone unanswered, to pull over instead of turning around and yelling at your kids in the back seat, and to tell your teens not to text while driving. If just one person's life can be spared, this Buzz is worth it.
Because I didn't know what it was to live with these medical conditions: dysautonomia, traumatic brain injury with diabetes insipidus (TBI with DI - See Image 2), vertebral artery dissection with aneurysm, Mal de Débarquement Syndrome, tinnitus or ringing of the ears, migraines, chronic pain, or to spend time learning how to walk and talk, read and write again.
Image 2. Clinical Case Report. The details of the precipitating accident, necessary to understand the resulting injuries, are described in the author's recent peer-reviewed, published manuscript.
So, don't let your teens allow other teens to text while driving (any more than they would allow another drunk teen to drive them in a car). Because in some studies, nearly 100% of teens said that they have been passengers while another teen was driving, and the driver was not safe in paying attention to the road. That should astound you!
So just kiss your child(ren) and pass this along.
Tell your kids good advice more than once. Because once just isn't good enough, when we only have once to die.
Do it for me.
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