According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than nine individuals are killed and thousands are injured from distracted driving every day in the U.S. Distracted driving, while commonly associated with texting and driving, can happen in a variety of ways. Any time a driver takes his or her eyes away from the road—even for a brief second—it is considered distracted driving.
The Three Types of Distractions
There are three ways a driver can become distracted:
- Visual Distractions – This is what forces a driver to physically take his or her eyes away from the road.
- Manual Distractions – This forces a driver to take his or her hands off the wheel.
- Cognitive Distractions – This forces a driver to take his or her mind off driving or their entire focus off driving.
The Statistics of Distracted Driving
Once you review the statistics, you can see that distracted driving is becoming an increasingly scary problem around the country and especially in Florida. Just some of these statistics include:
- There were over 3,000 people killed because of a distracted driver in 2012.
- It is estimated that 1 out of every 5 crashes is due to a distracted driver.
- 171 billion text messages were sent and/or received in December 2012 alone.
What Increases the Risk Factors for Distracted Driving?
Studies have shown that some people are at higher risk for distracted driving than others – but that does not mean people outside of these risk groups are free from the risk. Some risk factors include:
- Texting and driving is linked to those riding with someone that has been drinking or if the driver has been drinking themselves.
- Younger, more inexperienced drivers (usually under the age of 20) are at higher risk for distracted driving.
- Texting can take a driver’s attention away from the road longer than other types of distractions.
- Students who text and drive are more likely to ride in a car with a drunk driver.
Were You Injured by a Distracted Driver?
Distracted drivers put everyone on the roads at risk. If one caused your accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact the West Palm Beach, FL Personal Injury Attorney at Scott J. Sternberg & Associates today for a free consultation regarding your distracted driver accident. We hold distracted, irresponsible drivers accountable for their actions and we are here to protect your rights. Call us now.