Distractions can be found just about anywhere, and the unfortunate truth is that distractions are one of the most common causes of car accidents in the United States. The reality is that it only takes diverting your attention from the road for a couple of seconds to cause severe damage to yourself, your vehicle, and other drivers on the road.
Here’s a surprising fact: sending or reading a text for only five seconds while driving at 55 mph equates to driving the length of an entire football field without paying attention! Even more startling, a recent poll questioning distracted driving habits was conducted by The Zebra. The statistics shown told us that:
- 52.5% of respondents admitted to eating while driving
- 36% of respondents admitted to using their cell phones while driving
- 23.6% of respondents admitted to texting while driving
- 12% of respondents felt pressure to answer texts while driving
There is no arguing that distracted driving, and especially texting while driving, is a severe problem across the whole country. At Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC, we want to do everything in our power to ensure you have access to the information that will help keep our roads safer for everyone.
Distracted Driving Statistics
Distracted driving happens on a larger scale and is far more life-threatening than most people realize. Just take a look at some of these statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Every day, about eight people are killed in distracted driving accidents in the U.S.
- In 2018, distracted driving led to at least 2,871 fatalities and over 400,000 injuries in the U.S.
- In 2018, 25% of the distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes were young adults aged 20–29.
- In 2018, 9% of teens who died in motor vehicle accidents involved distracted driving.
It is important to note that there are some outliers in these statistics, making them appear to be lower than they are because it is almost impossible to track the amount of texting and driving that occurs. There is usually little evidence that can be provided when distracted driving is the cause of an accident, and there are not many people that would own up to it happening because it makes their consequences much worse.
The Three Types of Distracted Driving
The CDC identifies three main types of driving distractions:
- Visual Distractions- Anything that takes your eyes off of the road.
- Manual Distractions- Anything that takes your hands off of the wheel.
- Cognitive Distractions- Anything that takes your mind off of driving.
Texting and driving, for example, is so widely centered on this topic because it is considered one of the most deadly driving distractions. It requires you to read your phone (visual distraction), use your hands to type and hold the phone (manual distraction), and use your brain to write out or read a message (cognitive distraction). Texting and driving is placed in all three types.
Other types of common distractions that occur while driving include:
- Eating or drinking
- Conversing with passengers
- Talking on your phone
- Fiddling with the radio
- Controlling navigation devices
- Putting on makeup
- Fixing your mirrors
How You Can Eliminate Driving Distractions
By driving distracted, you put yourself and others at unnecessary and preventable risk. On the bright side, there are plenty of practical ways that you can get rid of driving distractions in your vehicle, so your full attention is on the road:
- Adjust your mirrors before starting your car
- Use your cell phone only in dire circumstances
- Put your phone away so you can’t see, hear, or feel notifications
- Avoid eating while driving, if possible, or pack easy-to-go snacks
- Limit the number of passengers in your vehicle
Injured by a Distracted Driver?
If you are injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you shouldn’t be on the hook for your medical expenses and lost wages. Let the Florida personal injury attorneys at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC take care of you. We are here to help.
Call our office at , and we will get you the help you need right away. Schedule your free consultation, and we will help review the details of your case.