Although one might think that driving under the influence is the number one cause for car accidents, it's not. Distracted driving is by far the number one cause for car accidents, but it can be avoided. In this article, you'll learn about the statistics, types, and solutions for distracted driving. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you'll be more educated on this subject to help prevent you or people around you, from getting in an accident because of this.
Types of Distracted Driving
When discussing this subject, it's important to know the four main types of distracted driving. All of which will help your ability to fully understand what you shouldn't do while driving.
- Manual Distraction
When a driver takes their hands off the wheel to do something. This can be anything from petting a dog or changing the radio. Something you try to grab that distracts your ability to properly drive.
- Visual Distraction
When a driver takes their eyes off the road to look at something. Such as looking at something outside, looking at a text message, or looking at someone in your car. Something that visually distracts you from driving properly.
- Cognitive Distraction
When a driver isn't as focused driving because of something they're thinking about. Daydreaming about something, thinking about work, or thinking about whatever. Something you cognitively think about which distracts you from driving properly.
- Auditory Distraction
When a driver isn't focused driving because of something they hear. Maybe their music is too loud, someone in their car is being loud, or they hear something outside. Something you hear that audibly distracts you from driving properly.
Here are some statistics regarding distracted driving by TeenSafe:
- Distracted driving killed 3,477 people in the United States in 2015.
- That same year, 391,000 people were injured because of distracted driving.
- It accounts for 25% of all car accidents.
- Teens are noted as being the largest group that's distracted while driving.
- 58% of teen car accidents are because of distracted driving.
- Most of these statistics are low compared to what people think the actual numbers are since it's hard to do a “test” on if someone caused an accident by being distracted.
- Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teens in the United States.
- 16 to 19 year-olds are three times as likely to get in a car accident compared to other age groups.
- Around 660,000 drivers use their cellphone while driving during the daylight.
- Using a cellphone while driving causes 1.6 million crashes annually.
- 1 out of every 4 traffic crashes in the United States is caused by cell-phones.
- 11 teens die every single day because of texting and driving.
- Texting while driving increases your chance of an accident by 23.
- Eating while driving increases your chance of an accident by 3.
Solutions for Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is now an epidemic in the United States, and it will only continue to increase unless we can come up with solutions, campaigns, and movements for it. Here are some solutions for distracted driving:
- Only use your phone for EMERGENCY situations.
- If you can't focus on the road, pull over.
- Don't drive with your car overcrowded and filled with noise.
- Don't eat while driving.
- Never try to multitask while driving.
- Create distracted driving awareness. Tell people around you about the dangers of distracted driving. Spread the word.
- Knowing that whatever it is you need to do that'll end up distracting you can wait.
With regard to distracted driving, it needs to be common knowledge that you can't drive properly unless you devote 100% of your attention to it. Things can happen in a single moment, and if you're not paying attention, you may lose your life and the people around you. If you've been the victim of a car accident due to distracted driving, or you've lost a loved one because of someone else's negligence, you should be compensated. Call our office today at (865)888-8888. We will fight to help you get the compensation you deserve.