The news had produced plenty of articles and features on distracted driving and how often it contributes to car accidents. As much as you may think you know how dangerous it is, recent studies could still surprise you. Consider this: Every day an average of nine people die and more than 1,000 go to the hospital after being involved in car accidents that involved distracted driving.
When you consider just how dangerous is it, you can see that vowing not to partake yourself is not enough – you must also find ways to protect yourself from others who are taking part in it. Keep reading to find the best tips to help you reduce your chances of being involved in a distracted driving accident. If you are injured in this type of accident, or lose a loved one in one, contact Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn at (310) 209-1600 for a free legal consultation.
What Exactly Counts as Distracted Driving?
You may wonder: What exactly do these studies consider “distracted driving?” One of the largest studies ever done on distracted driving, which was done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, considered distracted driving to include making phone calls, getting phone calls, using GPS, changing the radio station, searching for something in the car, dealing with kids in the back seat of the vehicle, grooming such as brushing hair, reading printed materials, and taking part in social media. They found that any of these activities could have a big impact on how safe drivers were.
Frightening Statistics About Distracted Driving
The study found that nearly half of people surveyed said that they did answer their phones while driving and more than half of those said they would continue to talk as they drove. One in four drivers admitted to calling others while they were driving and one in ten drivers said that they send texts and / or emails while they are driving.
About one-third of drivers were put into the category of “distraction prone” based on their answers. Contrary to certain stereotypes, both genders were essentially equal in how distraction prone they are. However, younger drivers were 64% likely to be distraction prone while older drivers were only 5% likely.
The type of vehicle seemed to make a difference too. SUVs, which can cause the most serious accidents, had the highest percentage of distraction prone drivers at 38.6%. Regular cars were 36.3%, vans were 34% and larger trucks came in at 33.7%.
If you are involved in an accident that involves a distracted driver then your first step is to ensure you are safe and secure. Then gather as much information as you can about everyone who was involved with or saw the accident. Then contact Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn at (310) 209-1600 to request a free legal consultation.