On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, there was an unfortunate fatal car accident on the Clark Memorial Bridge in Louisville. Metro Police say they responded to the crash around 3:45 p.m. According to police, a blue Pontiac was heading northbound but then swerved into the southbound lanes. The driver of the blue Pontiac lost control and crashed into a dump truck. The driver of the Pontiac was taken to University Hospital, where he later died. The police were not sure what caused the driver to lose control of his car.
Another accident on the Clark Memorial Bridge
Barely over a month ago, there was another fatal accident on the Clark Memorial Bridge. This accident was very similar, but when a driver lost control of their vehicle, they swerved and hit the side railing. This killed the driver. With all the construction going on with the bridges right now, you want to take extra precautions when driving on the bridges and be aware of what’s around you.
The dangers of distracted driving
Fatal accidents are devastating and many times they are caused by distracted driving. It’s so easy to get lost in your favorite song, reply to a text or even daydream, but all these activities distract you when driving. Even at low speeds, accidents are very dangerous. In fact, AAA has conducted a few studies which monitor what drivers are doing in the moments before an accident. How one study worked was AAA mounted cameras on the participant’s dashboards. These cameras were monitoring what the driver was doing as well as what was occurring on the road. Now, not every participant was in an accident, but almost 50% of those in an accident were either distracted by a cell phone or a passenger.
You may think it’s okay to look away from the road and down at your phone for a few seconds. However, the truth is this is very deadly and could cost you your life. No text message is worth your life. If you have passengers in your car, it’s fine to talk with them, but make sure you are focused on the road. You’d be surprised at how quickly an unexpected event can happen. If you’re not paying attention, you won’t be able to react to that situation in time. Please never drive distracted.