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CDC: Distracted Driving and Its Impact on Motor Vehicle Safety and Car Accidents

According to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 15 people each day are killed in crashed that involved a distracted driver. In addition, there are more than 1200 people injured each day for the same reason. Distracted driving occurs when a driver is paying attention to something else than driving his or her vehicle. The CDC lists three main kinds of distracted driving:

  • Visual – looking at something other than the road. This could be a landmark, a cell phone, a passenger, or the radio, for example
  • Manual – removing your hands from the wheel. This could be answering your phone, changing the channel on the radio, going through a purse or wallet, or looking for something on the floor
  • Cognitive – thinking about something other than driving

Activities that illustrate distracting driving include the following:

  • Eating
  • Smoking
  • Texting
  • Calling
  • Reading email
  • Applying makeup
  • Fixing hair
  • Using a GPS
  • Writing something down
  • Answering phone

 

Some of these activities combine two or more types of distracted driving. For example, texting is particularly dangerous because it combines all three types of distracted driving: manual, because you are entering text into your phone; visual, because it requires you to look at your phone; and cognitive, because you are thinking about what you are sending.

According to the CDC data, in 2009 more than 5,400 people died in auto accidents that were indicated to involve a distracted driver, and 448,000 additional people were injured. Out of those deaths or injuries, almost 1,000 deaths and 24,000 injuries were due to drivers distracted by cell phone use. Some of the risk factors for accidents caused distracted driving include activities such as texting that are particularly distracting or driver inexperience.

Contact a Fayette County car accident attorney for a consultation

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Distracted driving is a serious problem and those who drive negligently need to be held accountable for the injuries that they cause. In order to determine whether you have a claim, it is important to have your case reviewed by an experienced Fayette County car accident attorney. To schedule a free consultation, call The Law Offices of Shane and Associates today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia