Here are the facts:
- An estimated 400,000 people were injured in accidents due to distracted driving in 2018. (NHTSA)
- Distracted driving leads to 1.6 million crashes per year. (National Safety Council)
As an orthopedic practice, we treat a number of serious injuries related to car accidents, ones that affect a patient’s life forever. It is particularly painful to know that some of these injuries could have been prevented if a driver involved wasn’t unnecessarily distracted. That’s why the Auto Alliance and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons teamed up to lead the Decide to Drive initiative. Their mission is to educate the public on the dangers of distracted driving and provide tools to keep the focus on the road.
One such tool is the “Wreck-less Checklist”. Committing to these 9 actions to before driving can literally save lives. And they want to remind you: the four most advanced safety features are two eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel.
The physicians at NEOSM urge you to take this checklist into practice and be safe on the road.