Distracted driving killed over 3,450 people in 2016, even more, were injured. Think about that. Because people were texting, eating, watching videos (yes, we can’t believe this one either) and other distracting behaviors, thousands of people died. Distracted Driving Awareness Month aims to reduce and eventually eliminate these preventable deaths.
Distracted Driving Facts
- Distracted driving crashes are underreported and the National Safety Council estimates that using a cell phone alone accounted for 27% of 2015 car crashes.
- Driver distraction is responsible for over 58% of teen crashes.
- In 2015, 10% of all fatal crashes and 15% of all injury crashes were caused by distracted driving
- Talking on a cell phone is the same level of impairment as a driver with a blood-alcohol level of .08% according to the University of Utah
- Texting increases the risk of a crash or almost crash by 23 times
- Sending or reading a text for 5 seconds while driving, is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field at 55 mph.
What drivers need to remember is that there is more than one type of distraction. Drivers can be distracted:
- Visually, the most obvious kind of distraction where your eyes are not focused on the road.
- Manually, when your hands are not on the steering wheel. For example, holding something in one hand, eating reaching back to get something for a child, etc.
- Cognitively, when your mind wanders away from actually driving. On longer trips, this can distraction can become particularly bad.
To help combat these distractions there are some important things to remember. If you are in a high-emotional state, don’t drive. If you are tired and think there is a possibility of falling asleep at the wheel, don’t drive. Finally, don’t hold anything other than the steering wheel. Basically, if you are going to be driving than just drive.
If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver, call Hancock Injury Attorneys today at 813.915.1110