CHP Impacting Teen Drivers
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recently issued a press release regarding their Impact Teen Drivers (ITD) program. They’re focusing their efforts on decreasing the number of teen distracted driving fatalities across the State of California. The ITD program is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving in teens, parents and drivers of all ages. The CHP will be scheduling safety presentations at schools across the state to teach young drivers about the preventable fatal consequences of texting behind the wheel.
Distracted Driving Crash Statistics
- 3,154 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2013.
- Approximately 424,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes in 2013.
- As of December 2013, 153.3 billion text messages were sent in the U.S. every month.
- 10 percent of drivers of all ages under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
- At any given daylight moment in the U.S., approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving.
Preventable Injury Causing and Fatal Crashes
Distracted driving has become a dangerous and deadly epidemic in California and across the nation. The good news is that crashes caused by distracted driving are completely preventable. Teens, their parents and other motorists on the road have to make a commitment to distraction free driving. Cell phones, smart phones, iPhones, Droids, Blackberries and other electronic devices don’t have a place behind the wheel. It’s also important to note that hands-free devices aren’t substantially safer than handheld devices.
Who to Call After a Distracted Driving Accident
Cases of distracted driving aren’t always immediately apparent after an accident, so it’s a good idea to speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer if you suspect the driver involved in your crash could have been distracted. Your lawyer can stay on top of any official investigative developments while you recover from your injuries.