According to Distraction.gov, distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger the safety of the driver, passengers, and bystanders. Cell phone use, eating while driving, and texting are all distractions. Adjusting or programming a GPS would certainly be a distraction as well. By far, texting is the most dangerous form, as it involves all three types of distraction:
- Visual Distractions: Taking your eyes off the road
- Manual Distractions: Taking your hands off the steering wheel
- Cognitive Distractions: Taking your mind off your driving
Distracted Driving A Problem in Pennsylvania
Distracted driving is a serious problem across the country and specifically, in Pennsylvania. Each day, 9 people die and over 1,153 people are injured in a distracted driving related car accident nationwide. These numbers are merely the reported accidents, so they don’t include the accidents that go unreported, meaning there are plenty more and the stats don’t tell the whole story.
More Statistics on Distracted Driving in the U.S.
3,328 people were killed in car accidents attributed to distracted driving in 2012. There were another 421,000 who were injured in accidents related to distracted driving. Unfortunately, there were less in the previous year, and even more in 2013. There were 3,154 people killed and 424,000 people injured in accidents related to distracted driving.
CDC Study on Distracted Driving
In a study done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), data was analyzed from 2011 which focused on distracted driving. What they found was alarming. 69% of drivers between the ages of 18 & 24 said that used their cell phone while driving – within 30 days of the survey. Another 31% ages 18-64 admitted to having read or sent a text message while driving within 30 days of the survey.
Increased Dangers of Teen Drivers Texting
Because they are less experienced drivers, teenagers are more at risk when being distracted while driving. The highest proportion of fatal car accidents linked to distracted driving in any age group is drivers under 20 years old. One alarming statistic taken from the study is that almost half of all high school students (16 years or older) say they text while driving.
Injured In A Distracted Driving Accident? We Can Help
If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, regardless of whether or not distracted driving was involved, we can help you get reimbursed for any medical bills, property damage losses, lost wages and pain & suffering. Before you sign anything presented to you by an insurance company who only wants to pay you as little as possible, get your free consultation from one of our experienced Pennsylvania car accident attorneys. Time lost is evidence lost, so get started today.