The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is continuing the fight to eliminate risky behaviors like distracted driving on U.S. roadways. Unfortunately, distracted driving has become a nationwide epidemic. Even though we do have data on things like texting while driving and handheld cellphone use, distracted driving is still thought to be widely under reported, so this is a tough topic to tackle. Distracted driving can encompass a variety of different behaviors behind the wheel, from eating and reaching for items to texting and messing with the GPS.
Distracted Driving Stats
• In 2017, there were 3,166 people killed in crashes involving distracted driving.
• 297 people were killed in crashes that involved distracted teen (15 to 19) drivers.
• In 2017, 2.9 percent of drivers were observed to be using handheld cell phones behind the wheel.
Teens and Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is one of the riskiest behaviors that teens can engage in behind the wheel. Officials with the NHTSA are encouraging teen drivers and their parents to sign the pledge to never drive distracted. It’s important that parents open a dialogue about distracted driving with their teen drivers. Talking about the dangers associated with distracted driving is a great way to make sure your kids know what behaviors they should be avoiding behind the wheel. Nobody should have to die over a text.
Distracted Driving Accidents in San Diego
Distracted driving isn’t always immediately apparent as a cause in car accidents, so it’s a good idea to speak with a lawyer if you’ve been injured by a dangerous driver. It can take additional investigative efforts to determine if somebody was distracted at the time of the crash. A lawyer can stay on top of any investigative developments and fight to get you the compensation you deserve to pay for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses associated with your injuries.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a distracted driver in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.