Distracted Driving

Were You Seriously Injured By A Negligent Driver?

Driving distracted is among the most dangerous actions someone can take while driving. According to data released by federal agencies, distracted driving results in thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries every single year. Safety experts have broken down distracted driving into three main categories in order to better understand how distractions occur:

  • Visual – This distraction occurs when the driver looks away from the road, usually to focus on something else.
  • Manual – This distraction occurs when the driver takes their hands off the steering wheel, usually to use them for another action.
  • Cognitive – This distraction occurs when the driver’s thoughts are focused on places other than the road.

These types of distraction are not mutually exclusive. Often times, distracted drivers are visually, manually, and cognitively distracted at the same time. The most common example of a multiple-distraction scenario is when drivers use their cell phone while driving.

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How Dangerous Are Distracted Drivers?

According to a report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) (PDF), approximately 10 percent of all injuries and fatalities caused by vehicle crashes are the fault of distracted drivers.

  • Approximately 27 percent of all deadly crashes caused by distracted drivers in 2015 involved drivers between the ages of 20 and 29.
  • Approximately nine percent of all deadly crashes were caused by teenage distracted drivers in 2015. (the largest single age group involved in these types of crashes. – how can that be when the above was 27% versus 9%? I think the latter clause needs to be taken out – it seems inconsistent and isn’t necessary.)
  • 551 pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorists were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015.
  • Around 391,000 people were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015.
  • Around 3,477 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015.

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