While driving a vehicle is a necessity for most people, it is also a privilege. Getting behind the wheel without being fully present and engaged puts not only yourself at risk, but also your passengers, other motorists, and pedestrians who share the roadway. Distracted driving is one type of risky behavior that can significantly increase the chance of an accident. The problem is widespread.
Shocking Distracted Driving Statistics
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released the following eye-opening statistics:
- In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in car accidents that involved distracted drivers.
- Also in 2013, 424,000 people were injured in car crashes caused by distracted driving.
- 10% of drivers under age 20 who were involved in fatal crashes were reportedly distracted at the time of the accident. Clearly, distracted driving is a major problem among teenagers.
- Distracted driving crashes caused by drivers in their 20s make up 27% of all fatal distracted driving car accidents.
- Each moment during the day, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving in the United States.
- Using a phone to talk, dial, text, or surf the web triples the risk of an accident.
- When texting, the eyes come off the road for an average of five seconds.
- Using a headset instead of a handheld cell phone is not substantially safer.
- 10% of parents admit to having extended, multi-message text conversations while driving.
If you were injured by a driver who was distracted at the time of the crash, it is crucial to take action to protect your legal rights. We are here to help. We encourage you to contact us today at 1-800-350-8888 to schedule a free consultation.