How Distracted Drivers Cause Accidents
Over the past decade, injuries from motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving have skyrocketed. While the use of cell phones have played a major part in causing these accidents, leading to bans and restrictions on their usage, distracted driving encompasses much more. Some studies have shown that Infotainment systems included in many later model vehicles are also responsible for causing distracted driving. In 2016, the last year for which such statistics are available, distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,450 people.
Distractions take your full attention from the road and are classified as visual, manual or cognitive. Many distractions involve all three categories. Texting is the most well-known and alarming distraction as it does involve all three categories of driving distractions. Perhaps the most dangerous is sending or receiving a text at while driving at high speeds as a vehicle can travel thousands of feet during the process without the driver ever realizing what is happening. However, something as simple as talking to other passengers or eating food or drinking a beverage while on the road are also distractions. To practice safe driving, every driver must have his or her full attention on the road at all times.
Who is Most at Risk for Distracted Driving?
Drivers under the age of 20 have the largest proportion of crashes related to distractions. The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), an arm of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), indicates that in 2015, 42% of high school students admitted sending or reading a text while driving in the past 30 days.
Research also shows that distracted driving is often paired with other risky behaviors such as speeding or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Consider the following statistics:
- Almost 390,000 injuries occur annually from accidents caused by texting
- One out of every four accidents in the United States is caused by texting
- Cell phone usage causes 1.6 million crashes annually in the United States
- Texting is six times more likely to cause a crash than driving while intoxicated
All factors that cause distracted driving crashes have one factor in common; namely, complacency. The driver feels comfortable doing distracting actions while behind the wheel and feels that nothing bad will come of it. That, however, is far from the truth. If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident no matter what the cause, contact car accident attorneys Dickson Kohan & Bablove. Our firm will help get you the compensation you deserve.