The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued their Traffic Safety Facts Sheet on Driver Electronic Device Use in 2017. According to the data, passenger vehicle driver handheld cell phone use decreased from 3.3 percent in 2016 to 2.9 percent in 2017. This is considered a statistically significant decrease. Additionally, the percentage of drivers speaking with visible headsets while driving decreased from 0.5 percent in 2016 to 0.4 percent in 2017. There was no statistically significant decrease in drivers’ visible manipulation of handheld devices. While there is some promising data here, distracted driving is still a serious problem on roadways in California and across the nation.
Distracted Driving by The Numbers in the U.S.
- In 2016, 3,450 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers.
- An additional 391,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes in the U.S. in 2016.
- During daylight hours, approximately 481,000 drivers were using cell phones while driving in 2016.
Distracted Driving: More Than Just Phones
The NHTSA is quick to remind motorists that using a cell phone isn’t the only form of distraction behind the wheel. Any behavior that takes your eyes, hands or mind away from the task of driving is considered a distraction. Distractions can include eating food, messing with the radio and even daydreaming. If you’re behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, you need to be on your A-game. Pay attention to the road and to the task of driving. Nothing is more important than getting to your next destination safely.
Car Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers
A car accident caused by a distracted driver can leave you in the hospital and out of work. In some cases, it can take additional investigative efforts to determine if a driver was distracted at the time of a crash, so it’s a good idea to speak with a lawyer about your case if you suspect distracted driving could have been a factor. A lawyer can be your advocate and fight to get you compensation to pay for medical bills and other expenses after a crash.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a crash caused by a distracted driver 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.