Accidents and Injuries Cause by Distracted Drivers
When I think about it, the speed at which technology has evolved over the past several decades is astonishing. I can remember when a few select acquaintances were proud to show off the briefcase containing their new Motorola bag phone. Fast forward to today. How many adults do you know without a cell phone? Scratch that. How many adults do you know without a smart phone granting them 24/7 access to the entirety of the internet? If you are anything like me, the answer is probably not many.
While I wholeheartedly believe in the power of such easily accessible information, one unintended consequence has the potential to turn deadly. Distracted driving is on the rise in part due to the use of cell phone and portable internet technology while driving. Consider the staggering facts provided by a government website on distracted driving:
- In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted drive and an additional 387,000 people were injured in such accidents.
- 18% of injury crashes in 2010 were influenced by distraction.
- In the month of June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the US by the 320 million wireless subscribers.
- Distracted driving targets the young. 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
- 40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger.
- Drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.
- Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.
- Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.
- Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%.
After reading these statistics, you may wonder what you can do about distracted driving. First, make an active decision to take a personal stand against distracted driving by taking the pledge provided here. Encourage your friends and family to do the same.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact the personal injury lawyers at Ariano & Reppucci, PLLC. Our Arizona car accident lawyers can provide you with the legal representation needed to obtain compensation for your injuries.