Causes of Distracted Driving Accidents
There are a lot of dangerous drivers out there, but distracted drivers are in the running for the most dangerous of all. Driving is an immense responsibility that requires motorists to have a significant amount of experience and skill and to pay complete attention to the primary task at hand – sharing the road safely. If a distracted driver causes you to be injured, turn to the professional legal counsel of an experienced Boynton Beach car accident attorney today.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that, in 2019, 3,142 people lost their lives to accidents involving distracted driving. NHTSA focuses on dangerous smartphone usage behind the wheel, and – as such – shares the following:
- It takes an average of about five seconds to read or compose a text.
- When a motorist diverts his or her eyes from the road for the five seconds it takes to text, he or she travels about the length of a football field (when traveling at an average of 55 mph).
- One text can mean driving blind for the length of a football field, and it is difficult to imagine a more dangerous scenario than that.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts an even finer point on the matter of driver distraction with the following statistics:
- About eight people die each day in the United States as a result of crashes that involve distracted drivers.
- About 4,000 people were injured in accidents involving distracted drivers in 2018.
- Every year, about 3,000 people are killed in traffic accidents involving distraction.
CDC goes on to share that distractions behind the wheel can be broken down into three basic categories, including:
- Distractions involving one’s hands, such as reaching around for your phone after dropping it
- Distractions involving one’s thoughts, such as chatting on the phone
- Distractions involving one’s vision, such as turning around to check on your kids in the back seat.
Texting has the singular distinction of combining each of these categories of distraction into one deadly practice behind the wheel. CDC reminds you to always drive safely by getting tasks like the following out of the way before you join traffic on the road:
- Set your GPS and plan your route
- Adjust your mirrors and secure your seatbelt
- Make your phone calls and get your texting out of the way
- Eat your sandwich or snack
- Do whatever else it is that you need to do
Put your distractions away, including your phone, until after you arrive alive.
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