Nebraska drivers are likely aware that using a mobile electronic device while behind the wheel can be dangerous, but they may be surprised to learn that glancing at a cellphone's screen for mere seconds can increase their chances of being involved in a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that drivers take their eyes off the road for no more than two seconds to check a phone or GPS screen, but research by a leading insurance company indicates that looking away from the road even this briefly could increase the likelihood of an accident.
Nebraska readers might be interested in some distracted driving statistics that have been highlighted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On an average day in the U.S., for example, nine people are killed and more than 1,150 injured in car accidents involving a distracted driver, according to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
A 55-year-old woman was severely injured in a pedestrian-car collision at about 6:30 p.m. in Omaha on Jan. 14. Police believe that a distracted driver caused the crash.
On Sept. 30, a 35-year-old Omaha man was charged for driving with a revoked license and leaving an accident scene without stopping to aid an injured pedestrian. The incident occurred around 7:45 p.m. near Hickory Street and 36th Street when the driver struck a 33-year-old man, who was reportedly thrown 20 feet in the air. Sources say the Omaha man has previously faced charges related to car accidents, including a conviction in 2006.
An 82-year-old woman was killed in a car accident in Lincoln recently. There were practically no details released about the crash, but what is known is that the woman died and that another vehicle was involved. The crash also happened around 5 p.m. and the police are investigating the incident. We don't know if other people were hurt in the wreck, nor do we know how many people were in the vehicles involved. For now, the investigation process must run its course.
You probably wouldn't expect a hit song to be the central to a distracted driving story, but unfortunately that was exactly the case recently when a 32-year-old woman was killed after she drove her car head-on into a truck. Apparently the woman was posting something to Facebook about the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams while she was driving.