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Car Accidents: The stats you need to know

Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day, and an additional 20-50 million are injured or disabled, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel. More than half of all road traffic deaths occur among young adults ages 15 – 44, and crashes are the leading cause of death among young people ages 15-29, and the second leading cause of death worldwide among young people ages 5-14. These statistics are now worse because we are now living in an age of technology and people are driving distracted, either by texting, talking or watching videos. Every year, about 421,000 people are injured in crashes that have involved a driver who was distracted in some way; 330,000 of those accidents are caused by texting while driving. This means that over 78% of all distracted drivers are distracted because they have been texting while driving.  There are already many states in the US that have laws against the use of cellphones and texting in the vehicle. However, a simple glance of fellow drivers shows that these laws are not being followed. It takes an average of three seconds after a driver’s mind is taken off the road for any road accident to occur, and studies show that reading a text message while driving successfully distracts a driver for a minimum of five seconds each time. This means that the chances of an accident occurring while reading a text are extremely high.

  • The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
  • Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.
  • 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
  • Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
  • Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. Traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to travel the length of a football field.
  • Texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road.
  • Of all cell phone related tasks, texting is by far the most dangerous activity.
  • 94% of drivers support a ban on texting while driving.
  • 74% of drivers support a ban on hand-held cell phone use.
  • Nearly half (48%) of drivers admit to answering their cell phones while driving.
  • Of those who answered their phones while driving, 58% of drivers continued to drive while talking on the phone.
  • In the survey, 24% of drivers reported that they are willing to make a phone call while driving.
  • One in 10 drivers surveyed said that, at least sometimes, they send text messages or emails while driving.
  • Of the drivers surveyed, 14% said they read text messages or emails while driving

Be safe, don’t drive distracted.  If you are injured in a serious automobile crash, contact a car accident lawyer Hartford MD relies on.

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