Distracted driving causes just as many car and truck accidents as drunk driving and speeding, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT) in a recent study.
They found the following regarding distracted driving:
· It causes 10% of fatal crashes in the US, 18% of injury rashes and 16% of all crashes reported to the police in the US, as of 2013.
· In 2013, 3155 people died and as many as 424,000 people were injured by distracted drivers in car and truck crashes.
· 10% of drivers from 15-19 in fatal wrecks were driving distracted.
· In 2013, 479 bikers and pedestrians were killed by distracted drivers.
DOT also explained in its report why driving distracted – such as through talking to passengers, looking at cell phones and playing with the radio. If you read a text message on a cell phone while driving at 55 MPH, you will look away from the road for 4-5 seconds. In that time, you will go the length of a football field – without watching the road!
Talking on the phone while driving is risky too, DOT found. Our brains cannot have a conversation and put 100% attention on our driving. Even if you look through the windshield while talking, you will see less than 50% of what is in front of you.
As Virginia car and truck accident lawyers, my colleagues and I see every week how some drivers allow phone conversations and cell phone texting to take their eyes off their driving. This leads to needless injuries and deaths. And, in the case of the guilty driver, it often leads to jail time and a large personal liability lawsuit that can wreck their finances.
We take distracted driving cases just as seriously as drunk driving ones. We do our utmost to ensure that the guilty party pays a large settlement in a civil injury lawsuit.
Our firm’s personal injury lawyers have appeared at high schools and provided a full slide show presentation about the horrors of distracted driving. Working with the End Distracted Driving (EndDD) charity program, we try to get the message out to young drivers especially.