Distracted Driving Is the Cause Of Most Car Accidents
Distracted driving is quickly becoming one of the worst epidemics on our country’s roads. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute published a study claiming that distractions cause the most car accidents. This is despite the numerous programs and initiatives by agencies on the state and federal level to raise awareness of the dangers of driving while distracted.
The three-year study entitled the Second Strategic Highway Research program focused on more than 3,500 drivers between the ages of 16 and 98 years. The drivers allowed researchers to install video cameras in their vehicles to follow them as they drove. The researchers also tracked various factors including speed and location as part of the study. After analyzing 900 motor vehicle crashes, researchers concluded that drivers were distracted in 68 percent of the crashes.
What is Distracted Driving?
The study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute identified the most dangerous distractions as:
- Using a handheld cell phone including reaching for a cellphone
- Reading and writing, including texting while driving
- Reaching for an object
- Using dashboard touchscreens
According to Distraction.Gov, distracted driving is:
Any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.
In addition to the above distractions, common distractions while driving include:
- Eating and drinking
- Using a navigation system
- Changing the radio station
- Interacting with passengers
- Taking care of a child or infant
- Watching a video
- Distractions outside of the vehicle
- Using any handheld electronic device
The worst distractions are those that involve all of the functions required for safe driving — visual, manual, and cognitive functions. Texting while driving is one of the worst distractions because it requires that the driver use all three functions required for safe driving. The percentage of drivers using handheld devices and/or texting while driving is increasing. The percentage increased from 1.7 percent in 2013 to 2.2 percent in 2014.
What Can Be Done To Prevent Distracted Driving?
During 2014, 431,000 people were injured in distracted drivers throughout the country. An addition 3,179 people lost their lives in distracted driving accidents. Federal and state agencies have stepped up efforts to bring awareness of the growing problem of distracted driving.
The best to stop distracted driving is through education. Florida’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month was April 2016. The state’s program “Focus on Driving” focuses on educating the public about the dangers of distracted driving. You can find information about distracted driving and resources on the website.
Have You Been Injured in a Florida Distracted Driving Accident?
If you or a family member has been injured in a distracted driving accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Depending on the facts of your case, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, property damage, physical pain, emotional suffering, permanent disability, and other expenses related to the accident.
The distracted driving attorneys of the Broderick Law Firm, P.L. can help you receive the compensation you deserve from the responsible driver. Contact our office today by calling 1-800-333-3903 to schedule your free consultation.