If you make phone calls or text while driving, you are not alone. At this very moment, more than 800,000 Americans are texting, making calls, or using a handheld cell phone while driving. Most of these people will be ok, but over 500,000 people a year are injured or killed in distracted driving accidents. Distracted driving is the leading cause of car crashes in Georgia and across the United States. Is it worth the risk that that phone call will be the last call you make?
2009 Cell Phone Use and Distracted Driving Statistics
- Twenty-five percent of car accidents are caused by a driver who was talking on a cell phone.
- Twenty percent of adult drivers (21 and older) in the United States send text messages while driving.
- Four out of every five accidents (80%) are attributed to distracted drivers; only one out of three (33%) accidents are attributed to drunk drivers.
- Drivers who use cell phones are four times more likely to be involved in an accident serious enough to cause injury than drivers who are not using a cell phone.
- A driver who is texting while driving is approximately six times more likely to cause an accident than a driver who is intoxicated.
- In 2009, 5,474 Americans lost their lives in distracted driving accidents.
- Distracted driving fatalities are increasing. At least 16% of 2009 traffic fatalities involved a distracted driver. In 2005, the distracted driving rate for fatal crashes was 10%.
- At least 995 of these fatal crashes involved cell phone use. This is believed to be an underestimate.
- Approximately 448,000 people were injured in 2009 distracted driving crashes.
- More than 24,000 of these injuries involved cell phone use as a distraction. Again, this is an underestimate as not all states report cell phone use data.
- Sixteen percent of drivers under age 20 who were involved in fatal crashes were distracted while driving. This is the highest rate for any age group.
- Forty-six percent of drivers under 18 admit to texting while driving.
- Drivers age 30- to 39-years-old had the highest rate of cell phone use in fatal crashes.
- Drivers in the South are more likely to use a cell phone while driving (6%) than drivers in other parts of the country.
Peachtree accident attorney Shane Smith represents victims of distracted driving car crashes in the Atlanta metropolitan area. If you have been injured by or have lost a loved one to a distracted driver, it is important that you know about your rights. To discuss your injury or Georgia wrongful death claim, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999.
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