The Dangers of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Any activity a driver engages in that isn’t driving is a potential crash-causing distraction. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 3,477 people killed in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2015.
The United States Department of Transportation defines the three main types of distracted driving as follows:
- Visual — taking your eyes off the road
- Manual — taking your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive — taking your mind off what you’re doing
While all distractions can endanger drivers’ safety, texting is the most alarming because it involves all three types of distraction. Research has indicated that even the use of hands-free phone conversations can cause drivers to miss visual and audio cues that could help them avoid an auto accident. The National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) estimated that at a typical daylight moment in 2014, there were 587,632 passenger vehicles driven by people using hand-held cell phones.
Distracted Driving Statistics
- In 2015, there were 3,196 fatal motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver
- 3,477 people were killed in those wrecks
- An estimated 391,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2014
- Distracted driving is a factor in 10 percent of all fatal motor vehicle wrecks and 15 percent of all motor vehicle accident injuries
- In 2014, there were 551 non-occupants killed in distraction-affected crashes
- 322 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver between the age of 15 and 19
- The average time your eyes are off the road while texting is five seconds
- At 55 mph, this is enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded
Contact an Experienced Distracted Driving Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident due to the actions of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced auto accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. Our firm has offices in Houston, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. We can meet you wherever you reside, whether it be at home, at your workplace, or in the hospital. Contact us today for a free case review.