The increasing number of crashes caused by distracted driving and texting while driving needs to be met with legislation and programs to prevent it. At this point, 41 states have passed distracted driving laws, and the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has created a website called “distraction.gov” to educate the public on state laws and programs that deal with distracted driving. The site includes the following troubling statistics:
- In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. An additional 424,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver in 2013, compared to 421,000 injured in 2012.
- 10% of drivers of all ages under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted..
- Drivers in their 20’s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes.
- At any given daylight moment in America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.
The dangers of distracted driving are not limited to just sending text messages. It also includes talking on the phone, eating and drinking, smoking, conversations with other passengers, and personal grooming. It takes only a split second for a catastrophic crash to happen, and all of those activities can wait until a driver has completed his task of driving.
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Have you been injured in a car accident that involved – and was probably caused by – a distracted driver? If so, contact the attorneys at Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. for counsel and representation. We believe that drivers who are willfully distracted while driving should be held accountable for the consequences. Contact us today by filling out our online contact form or by calling us at 1-877-737-4806.