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.


Distracted Driving Derails an Innocent Doctor

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. 

Distracted Driving Derails an Innocent DoctorImage 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.

Dr Margaret Aranda


Do it for me. 





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Mohammad Azam Khan 26/8/2016 · #13

5 times down. 3 cars, 2 motorcycles. Twice for distracted driving, searching for casettes on the floor including once on the passenger side. One tree, and once into a truck reversing onto the road from nowhere but I was looking elsewhere. Lucky, very lucky. None other hurt either. Too lucky. Since then has been quite a while. Taught the children too. Thank-you for your efforts Dr. Margaret Aranda. Sharing.

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Mohammad Azam Khan 26/8/2016 · #12

#10 Go health in all policies

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@Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD, thank you for sending an extremely important message with your post. I cringe when I see someone driving while talking on their phone. I find it rude as there is no way they can be totally focused on driving. They are jeopardizing the lives of others and I believe most don't see it this way. It's very unfortunate.

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Donna-Luisa Eversley 18/8/2016 · #10

@Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD I feel you on this. I have a friend who seems to insist she must make a phone call or text when driving, and it scares me. She also insists on driving fast, which sets my flashbacks in motion. I have spoken to her on many occasions and her response is the same, she drives carefully and nothing will happen. After much lectures she has stopped, and will allow me to drive when we are together, even though I drive quite slowly now (smile) but within the speed limit. I think there should be a universal ban on doing anything while driving. "Hoping someone creates an app which is mandatory for all vehicles, so the car will slow down or shut down if multi tasking is sensed and a report sent to the police station." This is a real pet peeve of mine. I was knocked down while I was standing by a driver who did not look in her rear view mirror while reversing. Maybe we need a hive for safety for life!

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Aurorasa Sima 17/8/2016 · #9

#8 Dangerous is the phase when you are a young adult. Many of us were reckless. I know I was.

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Deb Helfrich 27/7/2016 · #8

We have to realize that vehicles are weapon's of mass destruction without appropriately trained and alert drivers. The damage that can be done for those few seconds is incomprehensible. Very important, @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD for us all to persistently call foul on the way the trends of technology cause us to forget how precious life and health are.

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#4 @Brian McKenzie: No WONDER we have so much in common, and there's just something that draws me to you...we've both had head injuries. I don't remember if I knew that before (haha~ brain injury!) but I won't forget it now. Hey, we're Survivors and no one can take that away. And yes, I always drove a mile behind any motorcyclist, and got the heck away from them no matter where they were. Because it did't matter if they were already dead before I ran them over. I would still feel the death on my conscience, and that's something I could never bear. Wow. You keep on writing, man. Just keep on writing. You ROCK!

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#3 @Lada Prkic, yes, it is true that I am still disabled...and will remain on life-long medications and precautions for everyday survival. Perhaps that is why I want to give so much to the world each day, why my heart years to answer the calling to be a voice for the voiceless. I thrive in turning the 'negatives' into 'positives,' and I love how much I have learned about a living world of 'invisible' children and disabled who otherwise would not have had this platform. I'm just grateful to God.

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