Distracted driving is becoming an epidemic in the U.S. among drivers of all ages. The total number of distracted driver deaths in the United States is currently more than 3,000 people annually. In some cases, the number has been significantly more, such as in 2007 when almost 6,000 people died because of distracted driving. However, the number has remained over 3,000 for the past decade.
While distracted driving is responsible for thousands of deaths each year and is the number one cause of death among teens (more than drunk driving), Missouri hasn’t outlawed cell phone use while behind the wheel. Even though it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to use a phone while driving, the law doesn’t apply to others on the road.
The Problem of Distracted Driving
The issue related to distracted driving doesn’t lie just with teens. In fact, drivers between the ages of 20 to 29 account for 27% of all distracted driving accidents and deaths in the U.S. Even though Missouri law is somewhat behind on this important issue, car accidents that involve distracted drivers can be taken to court with the same severity as someone who is drunk while behind the wheel.
Besides, texting and driving are more than two times to cause an accident that a drunk driver. If a person is involved in an accident and their cell phone records show that the phone was sending a message when the collision occurred, it could be used as evidence for a reckless driving charge.
Shocking Statistics about Distracted Driving
A few more rather shocking statistics regarding distracted driving includes the following:
- Drunk drivers are 11 times more likely to be involved in a car accident, and a texting driver is 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident.
- 18% of all accidents that cause an injury are due to distracted driving.
- If you take your eyes off of the road for 4.6 seconds while you are going 55 mph (which is the average amount of time it takes to send or read a text), you will have driven the equivalent of a football field – while blindfolded.
- 660,000 people use the phones while driving at any given daylight hour.
- More than 300,000 people suffer an injury each year due to an accident that involves a distracted driver.
- More than 3,000 people die each year from an accident that involves a distracted driver
- Each day, 15 people are killed because of an accident with a distracted driver.
- One in every five drivers has admitted to looking online while behind the wheel.
- 80% of all car crashes result from some level of distraction.
- 21% of all fatal car accidents that involve teen drivers result from cell phone use while driving.
Not only are these statistics shocking, but they are also somewhat scary. If you ever suffer an injury or someone you love dies because of a distracted driver, you need to seek representation from a quality personal injury attorney. They can help you recover the compensation you deserve.