The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released some particularly unsettling news: at any point in time during the daylight hours, about 660,000 drivers are in the process of using their cell phones or other electronic devices while they are driving.
In spite of continuous efforts to curtail distracted driving through public service announcements, large-scale campaigns and the issuing of new laws prohibiting distracted driving, it’s clear that many drivers are continuing to drive while distracted despite the risks.
Alarming Data Regarding Distracted Driving
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3,300 people died and approximately 387,000 were injured due to distracted driving in 2011. In the year 2010, approximately 18 percent of reported auto accidents were deemed to be the result of distracted driving.
Thoughts about Other Drivers’ Behaviors
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted a survey called the “2012 National Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors.” In this survey, 94 percent of drivers said that they were in support of bans regarding texting while driving and 74 percent supported bans regarding the use of handheld cell phones.
Assessing One’s Own Driving Behaviors
Although drivers can easily recognize risky behaviors in others, they seem to lack insight into their own driving behaviors. For example, drivers may not refrain from texting while driving or using their cell phones while driving.
Cell Phone Data
Social media and smartphone usage is at an all-time high in the United States. According to statistics, approximately 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the month of June of 2011 alone, indicating a 50 percent increase from the same month two years prior.
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Distracted driving accidents can be prevented if all drivers act in a reasonable manner while taking on the significant responsibility of driving. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, a Clearwater car accident attorney may be able to help.
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