Distracted Driving Is a Factor in 15% of injury crashes
Here are some facts and figures about distracted driving and crashes.
- 10% of fatal crashes and 15% of injury crashes in 2015 were distraction-affected.
- In 2015, there were 3,477 people killed and an estimated additional 391,000 injured in crashes involving distracted drivers.
Cell phone use causes as much impairment as driving drunk
- People are as impaired when they drive and talk on a cell phone as they are when they drive intoxicated at the legal blood-alcohol limit of 0.08%.
- Cell phone users are 5.36 times more likely to get into an accident than undistracted drivers.
Texting while driving increases the risk of crashing by 23 times
- Text messaging increases the risk of crash or near-crash by 23 times.
- Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover a football field while driving at 55 mph
- Texting and driving is 6 times more likely to get you in an accident than drunk driving.
- It takes an average of three seconds after a driver’s mind is taken off the road for any road accident to occur. Reading a text message while driving successfully distracts a driver for a minimum of five seconds each time.
- The average speed in the US is about 55 mph. Taking five seconds to read a text in this time means that the driver travels the length of a football field without looking at the road.
- When you text while driving, the time that you spend with your eyes off the road increases by about 4 times.
- Every day, 11 teenagers die because they were texting while driving.
- Ninety-four percent of teenagers understand the consequences of texting and driving, but 35 percent of them admitted that they do it anyway.
If you or a family member has been injured by a distracted driver, it is important to talk with an attorney experienced in handling distracted driving cases. The attorneys at Wham & Rogers have experience handling auto cases, including distracted driving cases. Call Wham & Rogers, The Woodlands and Spring Personal Injury Attorneys at 832-592-1108.