You see it every day. The light turns green, but the line of cars doesn’t move. Why? one or more of the drivers have their heads buried in their cell phone. But that scenario is just an irritation. What’s really happening out on the roads is death and destruction from distracted driving. Here are the hard numbers. in 2013 3,154 people were killed in distraction-related crashes. About 424,000 people were injured in crashed involving a distracted driver. In 2013, its reported that 10% of all drivers ages 16 – 19 that resulted in fatal accidents were reported to be distracted at the time of the crash.
The numbers illustrating the dangers of distracted driving are huge! At any given time of the day, approximately 660,000 drivers were using their cell phones behind the wheel of an automobile. Unfortunately, that alarming number is not expected to go down.
Here are the statistics: The National Safety Council reports that nearly 330000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting and that 1 out of every four car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and riving. Here’s why: Answering a text takes away your attention for about 5 seconds! Texting while driving at 55 mph is enough time to travel the length of a football field!
The fatalities and seizure injuries caused by texting can be reduced. Keep your eyes on the traffic and off your cell phone.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a texting driver, call Bailey & Partners at (310) 392 -5000. We fight for compensation for victims of personal injury.