Cell phone usage is increasingly common these days, even when behind the wheel of a vehicle. Unfortunately, this has led to an increase in the number of distracted driving accidents. The statistics are chilling; thousands of people are killed each year, while hundreds of thousands more are injured in vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver. Contact a Dade County car accident attorney for help with your accident claim.
Distracted Driving and Accidents
Distracted driving is such a problem in this country that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation have created a website on the topic. The site explains that there are three types of distractions that can cause a vehicle accident - manual, visual and cognitive.
Because driving requires that you keep your hands on the wheel, pay attention to the road, and remain aware of your surroundings, activities such as talking on the cell phone and texting are considered distractions that could lead to a serious vehicle collision.
Cell Phone Accident Statistics
Many people believe that they can drive perfectly fine while texting or talking. Are you one of them? Consider the following cell phone statistics:
- In 2012, distracted driving was responsible for approximately 3,092 deaths and 416,000 injuries.
- Approximately 18 percent of the distracted driving fatalities were attributed to cell phone usage.
- Individuals who text while driving are 23 times more at risk of being involved in an accident than those who do not drive while distracted.
- Driving while talking on a cell phone reduces the amount of your cognitive abilities dedicated to driving by 37 percent.
- Drivers take their eyes off of the road for an average of 4.6 seconds when sending or receiving a text. If you're driving 55 miles per hour, that means you are driving the length of a football field without actually seeing the road.
The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that approximately 23 percent of vehicle accidents in 2011 -- almost 1.3 million collisions -- were caused by drivers who were on a cell phone. And if you think texting is more dangerous than talking, you should know that cell phone conversations caused 12 times as many distracted driving accidents than texting.
Contact a Dade County Car Accident Attorney
When a distracted driver is responsible for an accident that results in serious injuries and property damage, you may be entitled to collect compensation for your losses. The dedicated Dade County car accident attorneys at the Falk & Falk Law Firm have helped countless clients like you file claims and recover damages. To learn more, please call 1-305-279-0999 today.