The numbers tell the real story with distracted driving
For some drivers, stories about distracted driving just do not do the trick. They understand that it was dangerous for someone else, but they think that they can do a better job. They can avoid an accident. The stories don't make them stop because they don't feel like those stories apply to them.
With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the numbers and statistics to get a better idea of the big picture. That can help make the real danger a bit clearer.
- In 2015, around 15% of accidents resulting in injury came from distraction.
- The same thing was true for about 10% of deadly crashes. In both cases, the real percentages may be higher, as authorities only count cases where distraction could be proven, and that's not always possible.
- For instance, some authorities think that 27% of crashes happen because people are using their cellphones behind the wheel.
- Despite safety advances in auto technology, the roads have gotten more dangerous in recent years. For instance, between 2015 and 2016, the number of fatalities went up by 5.6%. A total of 37,461 people died. While not all of those accidents happened due to distraction, something spurred the increase.
- It's especially a problem for teens, who have a crash rate three times as high as their adult peers. For teens, about 58% of accidents -- fatal or otherwise -- happen because of distraction.
Unfortunately, drivers will ignore these statistics and they will cause accidents. If you get injured, you need to know how to seek compensation for your costs.