Distracted Driving Statistics
Did you know that using a cell phone while driving, whether it is hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver's reactions as much as having a blood-alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent? (University of Utah)
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2009 there were 5,474 people were killed on U.S. roadways and an estimated 448,000 were injured in crashes involving distracted driving. That accounts for 20% of all crashes that year. Sadly, the age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group – 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving.
Main Types of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract him or her from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing. The 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.
Other Distracting Activities
- 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 Attorney
Whether there are laws in place that make cell phone use illegal while driving or not, you should not be a victim of another driver's negligent acts. Each and every driver is expected to stay alert and watch out for other vehicles and hazards. If you suspect you have been injured because of a distracted driver, contact Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys for immediate assistance. We have built a reputation for innovative investigations, creative litigation and maximum results for our clients.
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