Distracted Driver Causes Multi-Vehicle Injury Accident in Florida
According to ABC Action News, a distracted driver caused a four-vehicle crash in Clearwater, Florida, sending eight people to the hospital on Sunday Night, including two children under the age of three.
Investigators Blame Distracted Driver for Wreck
A 23-year-old female driver initiated the multi-vehicle wreck, crashing into the back of a minivan that was sitting at a stoplight, says investigators. They believe that the 23-year-old driver was distracted. The minivan was pushed into two other cars that were stopped at the red light.
Among those injured include a 2-year-old and 3-year-old who were transported to Tampa General Hospital, according to Clearwater Police. The 2-year-old was critically injured. Six others involved in the wreck were transported to nearby hospitals, according to ABC Action News.
The incident occurred around 7:00 p.m. local time on the Courtney Campbell Causeway, which had westbound lanes closed overnight.
In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
Ten percent of fatal crashes, 18 percent of injury crashes, and 16 percent of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2013 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.
As of December 2014, 169.3 billion text messages were sent in the U.S. (includes Puerto Rico, the Territories, and Guam) every month.
Ten percent of drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of the crashes.
Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting, when traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.