Distracted Driving Accident Statistics
There is no question: Distracted driving is dangerous. Distracted drivers put themselves and other motorists at risk for life-changing – and, in many cases, life-threatening – injuries, and they do so without any valid justification. All driving distractions can be avoided, and those drivers who choose to put others in harm’s way can – and should – be held legally accountable.
Just how big is the problem? According to the most-recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving plays a role in close to 400,000 injury-involved accidents every year. Data from the Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT) indicate that one out of every five crashes in the state is the result of distracted driving.
By the Numbers: The Risks of Distracted Driving
Here are some more notable statistics on the dangers of distracted driving:
The NHTSA estimates that, at any moment in time during the day, approximately 660,000 drivers are using their phones behind the wheel.
According to TDOT, distracted driving was a factor in 109,658 auto accidents in 2016. This reflects an increase of three percent (or nearly 3,200 accidents) compared to 2015.
Of the 109,658 distracted driving accidents in Texas during 2016, 3,087 resulted in serious injuries.
According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 1,161 people are injured every day in accidents caused by distracted driving.
Accident data from TDOT indicate that 455 people lost their lives in distracted driving accidents in 2016. This is more than 13 percent of all distracted driving accident fatalities nationwide during the previous year.
At highway speeds, in the time it takes to read an average text message, a vehicle will travel 100 yards without its driver looking at the road.
According to the Pew Research Center, as of 2015, approximately 90 percent of drivers between the ages of 18 and 29 owned a smartphone, and approximately 90 percent of all drivers had access to a cell phone they could use behind the wheel.
The NHTSA currently has 62 resources available on its website that teens, parents, teachers, and others can use to help educate their family members and social media followers on the risks of distracted driving.
Federal data indicate that, on average, more than eight people are killed in the United States every day as a result of distracted driving.
The percentage of drivers observed visibly manipulating phones and other handheld devices has increased in each of the last six years (according to the NHTSA’s most-recent data).
In a 2015 study, 4.9 percent of drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 were observed visibly manipulating phones and other handheld devices. This is compared to 2.1 percent of drivers between the ages of 25 and 69, and 0.5 percent of drivers who were 70 years of age or older.
Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer in San Antonio, TX
At Ronald A. Ramos Law Office, we are committed to helping victims of distracted driving accidents win just compensation. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in an accident caused by a distracted driver, we want to help you stand up for your legal rights. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with attorney Ronald A. Ramos, please call (210) 308-8811 or inquire online today.