As technology use continues to increase in our daily lives, it presents
dangerous distractions in the car. Combining other distractions-such as
eating and drinking, grooming, talking to passengers, and adjusting control
panel switches-with cell phone use can be a fatal mix. Every day in the
U.S., an average of 9 people are killed and 1,153 are injured as the result
of distracted driving.
Distracted driving is quite prevalent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
has identified three forms of distracted driving:
Visual: taking one's eyes off the road;
Manual: taking one's hands off the wheel;
Cognitive: taking one's mind off of driving.
Many types of driving distractions are a combination of two or three of
the above categories. For example, eating food falls into the categories
of visual and manual distraction. Having a conversation with a passenger
sitting next to you falls into the categories of visual and cognitive
distraction. Cell phone is especially dangerous because all three types
of distractions are present.
Various studies on distracted driving have uncovered the following alarming statistics:
- In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted
drivers, which was a slight decrease from 2012. However, the amount of
people injured as a result of distracted driving increased by 9%, from
approximately 421,000 to 424,000 people.
- Drivers under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related
fatal crashes, measuring in at 27% of the total.
- On average there are approximately 660,000 U.S. drivers using cell phones
or other electronic devices while driving at any given moment while on
- Performing visual-manual tasks with a cell phone, or other hand held electronic
device, increases one's risk of a getting in a car crash by three times.
- One's eyes are off the road for an average 5 seconds while sending
a text message. A lot of ground can be covered in 5 seconds when you are
driving at high speeds.
- 20 percent of teenagers and 10 percent of parents admit that they have
had extended, multi-message text conversations while driving.
- In 2011, nearly one in five crashes (17%) in which someone was injured
involved some form of distracted driving.
- Distracted driving is worse in the U.S. than in some parts of Europe: A
2011 study found that a higher percentage of U.S. drivers talked on the
phone and read or sent emails or texts while driving than drivers in the
countries of Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain,
and the United Kingdom.
Michigan law prohibits texting while driving, and some municipalities have enacted
local ordinances that prohibit all cell phone use while driving within
city borders. This is because drivers driving distracted, particularly
texting while driving, has become a dangerous epidemic and often result
in serious or life-threatening injuries.
If you or your loved one have been
injured because of the carelessness of a distracted driver, you are entitled compensation for your personal injuries, pain, suffering,
lost wages and medical expenses. Call our Detroit personal injury lawyers
today to discover your rights and get the help you need. For over 30 years
we have been helping auto injury clients get back on their feet and receive
the compensation they deserve. We can do the same for you.
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for a free, no obligation case review and see what we can do for you.