NHTSA’s Report on Driver Electronic Device Use in 2012

Distracted driving is a huge problem in California and across the U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released the results of research regarding Driver Electronic Device Use in 2012. Texting-while-driving is one of the most dangerous actions a motorist can engage in behind the wheel. Anytime a driver takes his or her attention away from the task of driving, everybody on the roadway is put at risk. Some research has shown that drivers who text while they drive may have slower reaction times than impaired drivers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than nine people are killed and more than 1,060 people are injured in crashes involving distracted drivers every day.

The Results

It may not come as a surprise to many motorists that hand-held device use actually increased in 2012. Electronic device use went from 1.3 percent in 2011 to 1.5 percent in 2012. The NHTSA is quick to point out that although device-use did increase, it’s not considered statistically significant. In any case, electronic device use certainly didn’t decrease. The results of the study also found that hand-held cell phone use continued to be higher for female drivers. Additionally, they also found that hand-held cell phone use was highest for drivers aged 16 to 24 years old.

U.S. Distracted Driving Facts

• 3,331 people were killed in distracted-driving crashes in 2011.
• In 2010, nearly one in five injury-causing crashes involved a distracted driver.
• In the month of June, 2011 alone, over 196 billion text messages were sent or received across the U.S.

After an Accident Involving a Distracted Driver

If you’ve been injured in a crash involving another driver’s negligence, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. In many cases, driver distraction may be a significant and obvious factor in a crash. There are some crashes where investigative efforts are needed to determine whether or not a driver was distracted. A skilled personal injury lawyer can keep up with official investigations and help you get the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a distracted driver, contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. for a free consultation today.

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