Using a cell phone, Eating and drinking, Talking to passengers, Grooming, Reading, including maps, Using a PDA or navigation system, Watching a video, Changing the radio station, CD, or Mp3 player are all major causes of accidents because they are examples of distracted driving. Wouldn’t be a shame if your airline pilot decided to text while landing the airplane and missed the runway?
Well, the fixed attention required to operate machinery is and should be a mandatory choice for the driver, but we are all human and we can actually think and do two things at once. Society appears to be at ease with a certain level of distractions while driving: the radio, billboards, etc, all take your eyes off the road, but we tend to allow certain distractions for the sake of functioning. Imagine no billboards on the freeways? Not likely to ever happen, but certainly, at least one auto accident has occurred because someone looked too long at the billboard and didn’t realize traffic had stopped in front. Should we sue the billboard company for creating the distraction, or the county for allowing the billboard? Likely not given our tolerance for certain levels of distractions. If you have been the victim of distractive driving call Benson & Bingham today 702-382-9797.
Below are some statistics from the U.S. department of Transportation:
In 2008, there were a total of 34,017 fatal crashes in which 37,261 individuals were killed.
In 2008, 5,870 people were killed in crashes involving driver distraction (16% of total fatalities).
The proportion of drivers reportedly distracted at the time of the fatal crashes has increased from 8 percent in 2004 to 11 percent in 2008.
The under-20 age group had the highest proportion of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes (16%). The age group with the next greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the 20- to-29-year-old age group (12%).
Motorcyclists and drivers of light trucks had the greatest percentage of total drivers reported as distracted at the time of the fatal crashes (12%).
An estimated 21 percent of 1,630,000 injury crashes were reported to have involved distracted driving.
Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent. (Source: Carnegie Mellon)
Nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted driver, and more than half a million were injured. (NHTSA)
The younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.
Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
Using a cell phone use while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (Source: University of Utah)
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