Half of Accidents are Caused by Drivers Distracted by a Mobile Device
Just how deadly are mobile phones? Recent data suggests that 50% of all car accidents now involve a driver that was distracted by a mobile device. Even more shocking, one in 4 drivers used their mobile phone within a minute of their crash.
Cambridge Mobile Telematics released this study in conjunction with Distracted Driving Month to highlight the dangers of mobile phones and distracted driving. The study included data from more than 100,000 drivers over an 18-month period. Those who were involved in an accident were distracted by their phones 52% of the time. The average duration of phone distraction per 100 miles of driving is 3.17 minutes.
Unfortunately, even when distracted driving laws are put into place, they don’t often have a big effect. CMT said that states with anti-cellphone laws actually only have marginally safer roads.
Cellphone usage has been blamed for the rising motor vehicle fatality rate, as well as the rising death toll of pedestrians killed by motorists. In 2016, pedestrian deaths reached nearly 6,000, the largest number in over 2 decades. The Governors Highway Safety Association reported that cellphone use was not the only reason for this increase, but that it was the most likely reason. The number of traffic fatalities has also increased due to mobile phone usage. Since 2015, there have been 14% more traffic fatalities, the largest two-year increase in the United States in over 50 years!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every day in the United States over 8 people are killed and an additional 1,161 people are injured in accidents caused by distracted drivers. Teens under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. When the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System monitored health risk behaviors among high school students, they found that more than 2 out of 5 students sent a text or email while driving in the last 30 days.
Distractions can happen in multiple ways while driving, including:
- Changing the radio station
- Putting on makeup while driving
- Eating or drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Cellphone use
- And more
While anything can be a distraction, cellphone use is particularly bad because it combines all three types of distractions: visual, manual, and cognitive.
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If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in Denver, it is important to know your legal rights. If your accident was caused by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation, and pain and suffering. An experienced Denver car accident lawyer can help you during this difficult time. Call the Denver personal injury attorneys at Paysinger Law, P.C. today to discuss your case. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303.279.0221.
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