Distracted Driving: A Leading Cause of Car Accidents
Distracted driving may take many different forms, whether it involves texting, talking on the phone or taking one’s eyes off the road for any reason. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that each day, about nine Americans are killed and more than 1,100 injured as a result of crashes involving distracted drivers.
There are three main types of distracted driving: visual (taking your eyes away from the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel) and cognitive (being mentally distracted from driving). Any type of distraction can pose significant dangers to drivers, passengers, bike riders and pedestrians.
The following are some CDC statistics providing more insight into just how big of a problem distracted driving has become in the United States:
- In 2012, a total of 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, and 421,000 more people were injured.
- Approximately 69 percent of drivers between the ages of 18 and 64 say they have talked on a cell phone while driving within the last month.
- Approximately 31 percent of drivers between the ages of 18 and 64 say that they have either sent or received text messages while driving within the past month.
Although younger drivers are at the most risk, as they admit to texting/talking while driving at higher rates, anyone who engages in this type of behavior while operating a vehicle are much more likely to cause a car wreck.
The problem is even greater at times when the roads are more crowded. Holiday weekends, for example, like Memorial Day, Labor Day or the Fourth of July, tend to come with significant increases in highway traffic volumes. With more vehicles on the road, just one distracted driver could set off a dangerous, multivehicle chain reaction.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident resulting from distracted driving, call the experienced personal injury lawyers at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban today. Contact us online or call (888) 351-1038 to learn more about your rights. We serve clients in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.