Distracted Driving is a continuously growing and serious problem on today’s roadways. It is a very significant safety problem that needs to be addressed, and it is important to educate the public on the dangers of distracted driving.
An Increasing Problem
In 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the results of a study which indicated that nearly 80% of all traffic accidents were the result of driver inattention or a driver who was distracted within 3 seconds of the accident – and these figures continue to rise.
Another study by the American Automobile Association’s Traffic Safety Division indicated that between 25-50% of all automobile accidents are caused by distracted driving. Furthermore, the United States Department of Transportation stated that, while text messaging, a driver is 23 times more likely to be involved in an automobile accident. In 2012, there were 3,328 fatalities in motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers.
What Constitutes “Distracted?”
The NHTSA defines distracted driving as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” The most prevalent types of distractions include:
- Using or talking on cell phones, including texting
- Eating and drinking
- Interacting with passengers
- Driver fatigue
- Looking away from the road at scenery
- Adjusting the radio or using navigation system
It is important for us all to be aware of the dangers of distracted driving and to keep our roadways safe. For additional information and resources on this topic you can go to www.distraction.gov.
Injured by a Distracted Driver? Contact Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C.
If you have been injured in an auto accident caused by a distracted driver, you deserve to be compensated for all of your losses, including medical bills, property damage, and loss of wages. At Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C., we believe that drivers should be held accountable for the consequences of their distracted driving, and we will use our knowledge and expertise to fight for you. Contact us today by calling 1-888-575-6410 or by filling out our online contact form.