The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. They want motorists to know that they have one job: driving safely. That means making a commitment to distraction-free driving. In the amount of time it takes to check a text message, you could cross the entire length of a football field, if you’re traveling at 55 miles per hour. Texting isn’t the only form of distracted driving either. Any behavior that takes your attention, hands or eyes away from the task of driving is considered a distraction.
Types of Distracted Driving
When it comes to distractions behind the wheel, there are three main categories. First, there are visual distractions. These are distractions that take your eyes off of the road. The second type of distractions is manual. These distractions involve anything that takes your hands off of the wheel. This can include eating, grooming or even messing with the radio. Finally, there are cognitive distractions. Cognitive distractions occur when you take your mind off of the task of driving. Texting and many other types of distractions can fall into all three categories.
Distracted Driving by The Numbers
- In 2016, nine percent of fatal crashes were reported as distraction-affected.
- 3,450 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2016.
- Six percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
- Nine percent of drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted.
- In 2016, there were 562 non-occupants (pedestrians, cyclists and others) killed in distraction-affected crashes.
Distracted Driving Accidents in California
Distracted driving has become an epidemic on roadways in California and all over the nation. If you suspect a driver involved in your crash was distracted at the time of the wreck, contact a lawyer about your case. Additional investigative measures may be necessary to determine if driver distraction was a factor.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.