Distracted Driving Accidents
INJURED IN A CRASH INVOLVING A DISTRACTED DRIVER?
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 3,179 people killed in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2014.
Distraction-affected crashes represented ten percent of all fatal crashes, 18 percent of injury crashes, and 16 percent of all police-reported motor vehicle wrecks in 2014. Sadly, the age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the 15–19 age group. Ten percent of all drivers in this age group that were involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving.
THREE TYPES OF DISTRACTED DRIVING
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 a wreck. 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 cellphones.
UNITED STATES DISTRACTED DRIVING ACCIDENT STATISTICS
- In 2014, there were 2,955 fatal motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver
- 3,179 people were killed in those wrecks
- An estimated 431,000 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 18 percfent of all motor vehicle accident injuries
- In 2014, there were 520 non-occupants killed in distraction-affected crashes
- 313 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
ACTIVITIES THAT CAUSE DISTRACTED DRIVING CRASHES
Although the advent and increased popularity of smartphones has lead to an increase in distracted driving crashes, there are other popular activities that people take part in while driving that could cause a serious accident.
- Using a cell phone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a PDA or navigation system
- Watching a video
- Changing the radio station, CD, or Mp3 player.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED DISTRACTED DRIVING INJURY ATTORNEY
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. 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.