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Josh Hatley discusses the Dangers of Distracted Driving, pt. 2

Interviewer: Good morning. Distracted driving is a serious issue. It’s just as dangerous as drinking and driving. Trusted attorney, Joshua Hatley with Ketterman Rowland & Westlund is here to tell us more about the dangers of distracted driving, and what we should be looking out for while we’re on the roads because this happens every day, doesn’t it?

Joshua: It does. It definitely does. I mean one of the things that we see, especially with teen drivers is that crashes that they’re involved in, 58% of them are due to distracted driving.

Interviewer: I believe it. And they don’t even have the driving thing down yet, but they tend to get very distracted.

Joshua: That’s right.

Interviewer: And texting. People texting.

Joshua: Texting while driving is a huge issue. When you’re texting, you tend to take your eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds.

Interviewer: That’s a long time.

Joshua: It is. And at 55 miles per hour, you’re driving more than the length of a football field without looking up.

Interviewer: That’s terrifying when you really break it down like that.

Joshua: Absolutely.

Interviewer: I hadn’t thought about this one. But, pet distraction. So many people have their loose pet in the car.

Joshua: That’s right. And for about 10 years, I had a Great Dane that even if you put him in the back, would stick his head all the way to the front.

Interviewer: They’re huge.

Joshua: Exactly. And that can be a major distraction. So, make sure you have your pet located in the right area of the car, or secured.

Interviewer: Makes sense. Work distractions. If you receive an email that you think you have to respond to.

Joshua: Right. And in your line of business, my line of business, we are constantly under pressure to be responsive. And so, you know, that’s when I have to really focus on and make sure that I’ve put the phone away, and that I’m not trying to respond to a work message or e-mail.

Interviewer: A few other popular distractions, children in the car, right? You’ve got eating, drinking, putting on makeup.

Joshua: Yes. All those.

Interviewer: I see that every morning.

Joshua: All those could be an issue. Especially children. I’ve got some young children, and you know, they’re always asking you things, dropping something, crying about that. And we see it all the time where people have been involved in a wreck because they were paying attention to what kids are doing in the back seat instead of looking forward and keeping their eyes on the road.

Interviewer: So, if you happen to get stopped for one of these issues, and get a ticket, or get into an accident, what happens to your insurance rates?

Joshua: That’s the thing. It used to be distracted driving. Insurance companies weren’t so worried about it because it was so new. Now, I mean, when you get ticketed for being on the cell phone, your rates can go up from $300 a year to $650 a year, approximately. And it’s a major issue. And so, parents definitely keep that in mind when you’re teaching your kids to drive, and what appropriate behavior is behind the wheel.

Interviewer: For sure. And the thing is if you do find yourself in an accident, in a situation, call Ketterman Rowland & Westlund. They can point you in the right direction, tell you what to do, give you some great tips. And just be safe on the roads.

Joshua: Exactly. Yeah, we don’t want anybody getting injured out there, but if you are injured, you don’t know what to do, please give us a call, and we’ll be happy to discuss your options with you. And like you said, point you in the right direction, and provide you all the help you need.

Interviewer: Joshua, you’re awesome. Here is more information on Ketterman Rowland & Westland. Give them a call, or go online. They’re here to help you.