The issue of texting and driving has finally reached public awareness, but there are still a great deal of people who continue to drive distracted. Because sending text messages while driving requires mental, physical and visual attention, it is the most dangerous distraction. However, there are many more types of distractions that put drivers at risk. The best way to prevent accidents is to inform people of the dangers they could be putting themselves at risk for. Here are some alarming facts about how being distracted while driving can be fatal to both you and others.
Think You Aren’t Being Distracted? Odds Say You Are
Text messaging isn’t the only way to have your focus interrupted. The official US government website for distracted driving describes possible distractions as: talking on the phone, eating or drinking, reading, watching a video, using a GPS, adjusting the stereo, and even talking to other passengers. While you might think a simple phone conversation won’t distract you from driving safely, the amount of car accidents that result from distracted drivers is staggering.
If you are still hesitant to believe that these distractions are harmless, here are some statistics posted by the US government distracted driving website that will hopefully enlighten you of their dangers.
People are still using cell phones. Every day 660,000 American drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving.
Teenagers are the most distracted. 11% of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal car crashes were distracted. This age group largest amount of distracted drivers.
Distraction causes injuries for all ages, not just teenagers. Out of all injury crashes reported in 2011, 10% were the result of distracted drivers.
People can get seriously hurt. In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in a car crash that involved a distracted driver. 387,000 people were injured as well.
Texting and driving is a serious problem, but people should start being aware of the other potentially dangerous distractions they could be doing while driving. If you have been injured in a car accident, whether it involved a distracted driver or not, finding the right Indianapolis car accident lawyers is important. If you have any questions about your situation, feel free to contact us. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.