There’s nothing more tragic than the patient who comes to my office for treatment of injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
Orthopaedic surgeons are among the frontline medical specialists who treat the trauma that results from automobile crashes. And so many accidents can be avoided if driving – and only driving – was the priority behind the wheel, especially for teenage drivers.
The National Safety Council (NCS) estimates that nearly 28 percent of crashes – about 1.6 million a year – can be attributed to cell phone talking and texting while driving. It’s a serious – and growing — problem.
The percentage of drivers reportedly distracted during fatal crashes has increased from 8% in 2004 to 11% in 2008, according to the most recent figures available. People under age 20 represent the highest proportion of distracted drivers, 16%, involved in fatal crashes.
Be sure to follow these laws and use common sense while driving. Put the telephone down and keep both hands on the steering wheel.
If you are a parent, please enforce strict driving rules for your teenagers.