You’ve probably seen a video of people so focused on reading text messages they smack into a door or stumble over a curb. A lot of people may get a chuckle when they see one of these, but distracted driving is no laughing matter. More and more people can’t seem to go 30 seconds – much less 30 minutes – without having to check their phones to see who’s trying to text them. However, when they get behind the wheel and look at their smartphones, the consequences can be catastrophic. The Dallas lawyers with The Barber Law Firm want to share some numbers with you that may make you think twice before checking your phone when you’re at the helm of 3,000 pounds of moving steel.
Staggering Distracted Driving Statistics
The problem of distracted driving has gotten so out of control, the U.S. Government has dedicated a website to educating the public of its dangers. Here are just a few of the sobering statistics you can find on the site:
- Distracted driving-related vehicle accidents killed 3,328 people in 2012. Tweet This!
- More than 400,000 people were injured last year in vehicle accidents involving a driver who was distracted, an increase of 9 percent over 2011. Tweet This!
- According to CTIA-The Wireless Association, more than 170 billion text messages were being sent each month in the U.S. and its territories as of December of 2012. Tweet This!
- Among drivers under 20 years of age who were involved in fatal crashes, 11 percent were distracted at the time of the accident. Tweet This!
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 21 percent of distracted drivers age 15-19 involved in fatal accidents were distracted by a cell phone. Tweet This!
- According to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey, conducted by the NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, an estimated 660,000 drivers either use cell phones or manipulate other types of electronic devices while they are driving. This number has remained steady since 2010. Tweet This!
Don’t Be A Victim
You don’t need to be one of the more than 1,000 people hurt – and nearly nine people killed – each day due to distracted driving. Texting and similar activities take your attention off the road for longer periods than other distractions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although stiffer laws are being created to penalize those who pose dangers to others by texting and talking on their phones while behind the wheel, it’s still up to each and every one of us to keep our focus on the road. If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to distracted driving, contact The Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529 to speak with one of our attorneys and find out how we may be able to help. If you have taken steps to reduce the chances of being injured due to a distracted driving accident, share your tips by clicking one of the social media icons on the right side of this page.