Tens of thousands of individuals are killed every year in unfortunate car accidents. Accidents can happen for any number of reasons. Of all the tragic types of accidents, those involving distracted drivers are some of the most avoidable. Distracted driving takes lives. We should all commit ourselves to learning about distracted driving and avoiding it as often as possible.

The Number One Source of Distraction

Cellphones offer a deadly array of distractions. A decade ago we only had to worry about people talking on their phone while they were driving. At least then they were still able to keep their eyes on the road. Now we have to worry about drivers texting, checking Twitter, posting on Instagram, or updating their Facebook status, all while behind the wheel of a car. All of these activities can wait and all of these activities have cost people their lives. Put the phones away when you are behind the wheel of a car.

Other Causes of Distracted Driving

Cell phones are not the only culprits here. People love multitasking while they are driving. It isn’t uncommon to see commuters eating, putting on makeup, buttoning cuffs, following navigation instructions, or even reading while they are driving. Usually their motivation is simple. They want to save time. However, if they end up dying in an accident, they are going to run out of time entirely. When it comes down to it, distracted driving just isn’t worth it. Your life, and the lives of the other drivers out on the road are just too important.

The Cold Hard Facts

According to the most recent statistics gathered by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 3,154 people were killed and 424,000 people were injured by distracted drivers during 2013 alone. These numbers are rising. Distracted driving has become an epidemic. Remember, the next time you get behind the wheel of a car, with great power comes great responsibility. Your responsibility: pay attention when you drive.