Distracted driving is a growing danger in Kentucky. Distracted driving is increasingly the cause of serious and even fatal car accidents. The statistics are particularly troubling for teen drivers.
Traffic safety experts classify distractions into three main categories: Manual, Visual and Cognitive.
- Manual distractions are those where you move your hands from the wheel.
- Visual distractions are those where you focus your eyes away from the road.
- A cognitive distraction is when you’re mind wanders away from the task of driving.
Texting involves all three types of distraction.
The following alarming statistics should make anyone think twice before texting while driving or taking part in any other type of distracted driving.
1. Distracted Driving is a Leading Cause of Car Accident related fatalities with teen drivers.
Motorists who text while driving cause 1.6 million accidents in America every year – nearly 25 percent of the total number of accidents that occur. These accidents result in 330,000 injuries per year and 11 teen deaths per day!
Teen drivers are four times more likely than older drivers to get into car accidents or near-crashes when talking or texting on a phone.
2. A third of all drivers admit to texting while driving.
The numbers involving the dangers of phone use while driving are alarming to say the least. In fact, at any given time throughout the day, approximately 660,000 drivers are attempting to use their phones while behind the wheel. And even more (48%) admit to answering their phone while driving.
3. Texting while driving is like driving the length of a football field blind folded.
Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. Traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to travel the length of a football field.
4. Distracted versus Impaired Driving
According to a study by the University of Utah, people are as impaired when they drive and talk on a phone as they are when they drive intoxicated at the legal blood-alcohol limit of 0.08%.
As smartphone use and driving continues to be a growing problem, the chances of being involved in a car accident with a distracted driver increase. If you are injured by the recklessness of another driver, contact Goode Law Office for a free consultation.