Whether you are on a long road trip or driving your daily commute, there are a number of possible distractions in the car that can take your attention away from the road.
Activities like eating and drinking, adjusting your music, answering your cell phone, and reading a text message may seem relatively harmless at the time, but the seconds that you spend focusing on these tasks can be the difference between life and death.
Distracted driving is a serious problem for American drivers, and this article will offer some insight on just how dangerous distracted driving can be to help you remember to follow safer habits on the road.
Distracted Driving is Deadly
In 2013 alone, distracted driving accounted for about 3,154 fatalities from motor vehicle crashes. On top of this, there were more than 400,000 injuries related to car accidents involving distracted driving within the same year.
A distracted driver is much more likely to get into an accident
Even when fatalities and serious injuries are not considered, distracted driving accounts for a significant amount of property damage, because people are about three times more likely to get into an accident when using a cell phone to text or make a phone call.
Even just a few seconds to answer a text message can mean having your eyes off the road for a significant period of time. Traveling at 55 mph, you might have your eyes away from the road for the length of an entire football field in the time it takes to send one text message.
Distracted Driving and Youth
The highest risk population for distracted driving is also the most inexperienced, as drivers in their 20s make up more than a quarter of the distracted drivers involved in fatal car accidents.
Among teens, about 10% of drivers in this age group involved in deadly car crashes were distracted at the time of the accident.
If you have been injured or suffered the death of a loved one because of a distracted driver, call Thrush Law Group at (520) 298-9200 to schedule a free consultation with our auto injury lawyer in Tucson.