The Road Movie conveys the swift fickleness of fate, and the powerlessness of people—especially on the road, where danger lurks on every barren stretch of highway, and around every hairpin turn—to protect themselves against unseen calamity. It’s an unforgettable, unshakeable reminder that survival, in general and especially behind the wheel, is often something that’s out of our hands.
The Road Movie by director Dmitrii Kalashnikov is a wild documentary that offers fascinating insight into Russian life through the dashboard camera footage of its many drivers. Kalashnikov created the film solely out of this dashcam footage, which reveals that a great deal of very weird things happen all the time and the surprising number of people who do inexplicable things when they don’t realize that they’re being filmed.
Here in the U.S., dangerous driving habits are a leading cause of personal injury accidents and deaths.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states more than 32,000 people are killed, and over two million are injured every year in car and motorcycle accidents.
Primarily, there are two unsafe driving habits that contribute to the most instances of death and personal injury in motor vehicle accidents:
- Distracted Driving
- Driving Under the Influence
Driving While Distracted
Anything that takes attention away from the road is considered a distracted driving habit and can easily lead to an accident and personal injury. Distracted driving habits commonly include texting, eating, or talking on the phone. It’s estimated that 660,000 drivers use electronic devices while driving during the day.
In 2015, distracted drivers in the U.S. were responsible for crashes that resulted in 391,000 personal injuries and 3,477 deaths.
Tips for Focusing on the Road
- Put your cell phone away – Out of sight, out of mind. If you keep your phone in a purse on the passenger side floor or anywhere that it is tucked away from your view, you will be less tempted to reach for it while you are driving.
- Keep food out of the car – It can be tempting to finish your breakfast while driving into work, but this makes you less attentive to the road and risks the chance of added distraction if there is a spill.
- Avoid multitasking – What may seem like a time-saver while you are driving can be the cause of all your distraction. Make sure everything is taken care of before you get behind the wheel to avoid being negligent on the road.
After more than 25 years representing personal injury victims in car and motorcycle accidents, Reyes Browne Reilley has seen the consequences of dangerous driving habits first-hand. If you have sustained injuries because of an accident, contact us for a free case review.