Distracted Driving: Get the Facts

Every year thousands of drivers are injured and killed in
distracted driving related car accidents. Education campaigns that share
personal horror stories, facts, and statistics are important to help raise
awareness and understanding about the dangers of distracted driving but they
have not proven to be the perfect answer.

If you or a family member was injured in a distracted
driving car accident you should consider contacting a personal injury lawyer
who can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

Distracted Driving
Defined

Distracted driving is defined as any activity or action that
could take a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Examples
of actions that could create distracted driving:

?? Texting*, calling, or browsing your cell
phone/smart phone

?? Eating and drinking

?? Talking to passengers

?? Grooming tasks such as applying makeup

?? Reading or looking at a navigation screen
including maps to find a destination

?? Watching a video

?? Turning on or adjusting music or audio books

*Texting while driving is considered by far the most
dangerous form of distracted driving as it requires visual, manual, and
cognitive attention from the driver. As of December 2013, 153.3 billion text
messages were sent in the US every month; that number has likely grown as the
addiction to instant, quick communication has soared.

Distracted Driving
Facts and Statistics

Distraction.gov recently released distracted
driving data
from 2013.

?? In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in car crashes
that involved a distracted driver. While this number is a 6.7 percent decrease
in the number of fatalities from 2012, the number of injured people actually
increased from 421,000 to approximately 424,000.

?? 10 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes under
the age of 20 were reportedly distracted at the time of the car crash. This age
group represents the highest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the
time of an accident. Overall, drivers in
their 20s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes
.

?? According to the National Occupant Protection
Use Surveys, there are approximately 660,000 drivers using cell phones or other
electronic devices while driving at any given moment through the daylight
hours. This number has held steady since 2010; indicating a resistance to
educational campaigns.

?? According to the Virginia Tech Transportation
Institute (VTTI), drivers are three times more likely to get into a car crash
while engaging in visual-manual subtasks such as reaching for a phone or dialing
and texting.

?? Checking a text message while driving takes a
person’s eye off the road for an average of five seconds. When traveling at
55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded
and potentially enough time to cause a car accident. (2009, VTTI)

?? Studies have found that headset (or other hands
free) cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held cell phone use.
(VTTI)

?? One quarter of teens admit that they respond to
a text message once or more every time they drive. Twenty percent of teens and
10 percent of adults admit that they have extended multi-message text
conversations while driving. (From a study conducted by the University of
Michigan Transportation Research Institute)

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you have
enough to deal with. Let an experienced accident
attorney
fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not
uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is five to ten
times bigger with the help of a lawyer. Call the caring accident attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. in
Bellingham, WA today for a FREE consultation! We have been representing
residents of Whatcom County, Skagit County, Island County and Snohomish County
since 1979. You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we
recover damages for you!

Every year thousands of drivers are injured and killed in
distracted driving related car accidents. Education campaigns that share
personal horror stories, facts, and statistics are important to help raise
awareness and understanding about the dangers of distracted driving but they
have not proven to be the perfect answer.

View Attorney Profile

Michael John Tario

Licensed since 1980

Member at firm Tario & Associates, P.S.

AWARDS

BV Distinguished
Champion Badge Silver

RECENT POSTS

  • Seeking Compensation For a Wrongful Death Bike Accident
    Posted on October 11, 2019
    Topic: Personal Injury

    As cities like Bellingham, WA have become more bike friendly the number of bikes sharing the road with cars has grown. With more bikes on the road, the risk for bike versus car accidents increases. According to federal data shared on Streets Blog USA, cyclist fatalities rose 10 percent while traffic fatalities overall fell one ... Read more

  • Scooter Accident Statistics: Bellingham Considers Shared E-Scooter Program
    Posted on October 11, 2019
    Topic: Personal Injury

    E-bikes and E-scooters have exploded in use since 2017, with more and more people using them as an alternative to cars, Uber rides/taxis, walking and public transit. Several metropolitan cities around the country – including Seattle – have approved programs that allow people to share bikes and other types of transportation for a fee; with ... Read more

  • Can I Sue for a Nursing Home Slip and Fall Accident?
    Posted on October 2, 2019
    Topic: Slip and Fall

    According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), falls are the number one cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for senior Americans. As we age and need more help with daily activities, many of us live a certain number of our years in a nursing home. Thousands of elderly nursing home residents are injured in ... Read more

Michael John Tario

Licensed since 1980

Member at firm Tario & Associates, P.S.

AWARDS

BV Distinguished
Champion Badge Silver

RECENT POSTS

  • Seeking Compensation For a Wrongful Death Bike Accident
    Posted on October 11, 2019
    Topic: Personal Injury

    As cities like Bellingham, WA have become more bike friendly the number of bikes sharing the road with cars has grown. With more bikes on the road, the risk for bike versus car accidents increases. According to federal data shared on Streets Blog USA, cyclist fatalities rose 10 percent while traffic fatalities overall fell one ... Read more

  • Scooter Accident Statistics: Bellingham Considers Shared E-Scooter Program
    Posted on October 11, 2019
    Topic: Personal Injury

    E-bikes and E-scooters have exploded in use since 2017, with more and more people using them as an alternative to cars, Uber rides/taxis, walking and public transit. Several metropolitan cities around the country – including Seattle – have approved programs that allow people to share bikes and other types of transportation for a fee; with ... Read more

  • Can I Sue for a Nursing Home Slip and Fall Accident?
    Posted on October 2, 2019
    Topic: Slip and Fall

    According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), falls are the number one cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for senior Americans. As we age and need more help with daily activities, many of us live a certain number of our years in a nursing home. Thousands of elderly nursing home residents are injured in ... Read more