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Automobile Accidents

Distracted Drivers

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.


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Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is a personal injury law firm with offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston, Texas representing accident victims nationwide.

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