There are few driving habits out there as dangerous as operating a cell phone while driving. So why are so many people still doing it? The fact is, distracted driving is now an epidemic in our country, and the problem only seems to be getting worse. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and we’d like to highlight some of the worst distracted driving facts and encourage all of you to put an end to distracted driving today.
Despite the fact that texting and driving and is illegal in Texas and 46 other states, we still see drivers on their cell phones while on U.S. roads. Many cities throughout the U.S. even have additional ordinances in place banning any and all cell phone use while driving. Unfortunately these rules still aren’t deterring people from partaking in the dangerous act.
Distracted driving is still a daily threat and has severe, deadly consequences for something so mindless and unnecessary. Read below for a few recent statistics regarding distracted driving behaviors. Keep them in mind while you are on the road, spread the word, and start the change today.
Distracted Driving Facts
- At least nine Americans die and at least 1,000 are injured daily at the expense of a distracted driver.
- In 2016, 3,450 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver.
- Cell phone use is highest among people between the ages of 16 and 24.
- Drivers under the age of 20 have the highest rate of distraction-related car accidents.
- 5 seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while driving (this means you can cover the entirety of a football field if driving 55 MPH).
- Female drivers using a cell phone are more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than male drivers.
- The NHTSA reported approximately 660,000 drivers using cell phones while driving during daylight hours across America.
Distracted Driving Accident Help
There is no excuse for a negligent act as dangerous and potentially deadly as distracted driving. Keeping these facts in mind and putting your phone away while you drive can make a huge difference in keeping Texas roads safe. If you or a loved one was a victim of a car accident caused by a distracted or negligent driver, we can help. Contact Liggett Law Group today for a free consultation.