According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), distracted driving is an escalating problem. In 2011, one in five car crashes were caused by distracted driving. Just one year later, distracted driving crashes jumped by nine percent, with 421,000 people injured and 3,328 killed in accidents involving a distracted driver.
Although texting remains a top distraction behind the wheel, other types of smartphone use have been linked to accidents. In late August, police in Maine reported that a 29-year-old man crashed his car into a tree while attempting to take a “selfie” with his phone. Four passengers were injured in the crash. The injuries included broken bones, abrasions, and neck and back injuries.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time an individual has been injured due to selfie use behind the wheel. In another report, four young people were injured in a crash that occurred while a passenger used a selfie-stick to film the car’s occupants singing. Although the accident was caused by a blown tire, the U.S. Department of Transportation warns that any activity that takes a motorist’s attention away from the road is dangerous.
Distracted Driving: Deadly Statistics
According to the Department of Transportation, distracted driving is especially prevalent among young people. Statistics show that 10 percent of all drivers under age 20 involved in a car accident were distracted at the time of the accident. Because teens and younger adults are also more likely to own a smartphone, this number is likely to increase.
Pew Research reports that two-thirds of American teenagers own a smartphone, with more than half saying they go online “almost constantly.” Furthermore, 46 percent of smartphone users surveyed claimed that their smartphone was something they “couldn’t live without.”
The Department of Transportation states that “the best way to end distracted driving is to educate all Americans about the danger it poses.” Parents are encouraged to share the sobering statistics linking smartphone use behind the wheel to serious and fatal accidents.
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If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact my office today at (912) 265-9811 to discuss your case.
This article has been prepared by J. Alan Welch Law for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.