Distracted driving is now an epidemic of seemingly insurmountable proportions in the United States, and the root cause of the problem may be ignorance. While thousands of people die due to distracted driving each year, few people understand just how pervasive the problem is. However, Stern Law Group wants to spread the truth about the dangers of distracted driving.
Distracted Driving Kills But Some Are Skeptical
In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a telephone survey where they collected the reports of over 6,000 drivers who were 18 and older. The survey asked participants various questions about their behavior while driving, specifically keying in on distracted driving statistics.
Here are some of the highlights revealing the pervasiveness of distracted driving in the United States:
- 12% of those involved in a crash were doing one of the following activities when the collision occurred: using a phone, talking to passengers, sending or reading texts.
- The percentage of phone usage resulting in a crash doubled for those between the ages of 18-20 when compared to any other age group
- The rate of those texting before a crash was eight times higher for those between the ages of 18-20 when compared to any other age group
- The percentage of those talking on the phone before an accident, or a near accident, was 10% higher for those between the ages of 25-34 than any other age group
A subgroup of NHTSA found that 3,450 people were killed due to distracted driving in 2016. Overall, this fatality total accounts for 9% of all crash-related fatalities in the United States.
People Are Unaware of the Dangers of Distracted Driving
While the old saying goes, “ignorance is bliss,” the reality is that Americans who are ignorant of the dangers of distracted driving are putting themselves, and others, in harm’s way.
In the same 2012 telephone survey mentioned above, the NHTSA revealed the ignorance of Americans concerning distracted driving:
- An estimated 50% of Americans believe talking on the phone while behind the wheel does not affect driving ability
- An estimated 25% of Americans think texting while behind the wheel does not affect their driving (this increases to almost 30% for Americans between the ages of 25-34
If 50% of Americans believe their driving is unaltered when talking on the phone, but distracted driving incidents cause almost 10% of all crashes and crash-related fatalities, then there is an apparent disconnect among the American population in regards to the correlation between distracted driving and car accidents.
Have You Been Injured by a Distracted Driver?
If you were injured by a distracted driver, you have the right to pursue just compensation. At Stern Law Group, we believe you should never have to pay for your crash-related medical bills if they were caused by another’s distracted driving. If you need help fighting for your rights, contact us now for a free consultation concerning your case.