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Distracted driving is a deadly affair

| Mar 5, 2021 | Personal Injury

Our federal and state governments have given a lot of attention to distracted driving over the past few years through public safety campaigns and other efforts aimed at reducing distracted driving, especially cellphone use while behind the wheel. Nevertheless, some people in Brooksville will not heed these warnings and will continue to use a cellphone while driving. This can lead to serious auto accidents causing injuries or death.

The statistics

The statistics on distracted driving are sobering. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each day, approximately 8 individuals in the U.S. lose their lives in motor vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver. In 2018 alone, more than 2,800 individuals alone were killed in an accident involving driver and a further 400,000 suffered injuries in such crashes. Young adults are especially prone to distracted driving. In 2018, 25% of distracted drivers in the U.S. involved in a distracted driving accident that resulted in a fatality were between the ages of 20 to 29.

Texting and driving is especially dangerous

Texting and driving is an especially dangerous form of distracted driving. Those who are texting while driving, are manually distracted because their hands are on their phone, not the steering wheel. In addition, those who text while driving are visually distracted because they are looking down at their cellphones rather than on the road. Finally, those who are texting and driving are cognitively distracted because they are reading a text or thinking about how to respond, rather than giving their complete attention to the task of driving. It is easy to see how texting and driving can lead to catastrophic motor vehicle accidents.

Learn more about car accidents in Brooksville

A distracted driving accident can lead to serious injuries or even fatalities. Those who are involved in one may wonder what their rights and options are. Our firm’s webpage on personal injury may be a good resource for those who want to learn more about this topic.