Every day in the United States, 9 victims die in accidents involving distracted driving and another 1,000 victims are injured in accidents involving distracted driving. During 2015, 3,477 victims were killed in car accidents involving distracted driving and another 391,000 victims were injured in car accidents involving distracted driving. Distracted driving removes the driver's focus from the roadway, hands from the wheel or eyes from the roadway and increases the changes that a car accident will occur.
There are three categories of distracted driving that include cognitive distractions, that remove the driver's attention from the roadway, manual distractions that physically remove the driver from the task of driving, and visual distractions which cause the driver to remove their eyes from the roadway and the task at hand. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous and can result in serious harm and damages to victims.
Texting while driving is the most dangerous form of distracted driving, combining all three types of distracted driving. In addition, sending or reading a text message while driving removes the driver's eyes from the roadway for 5 seconds which amounts to the length of a football while driving at 55 miles per hour. Distracted driving refers to a variety of activities including texting while driving, using a cell phone while driving, using a navigation device while driving or eating and drinking while driving.
Important personal injury legal protections are in place to help victims recover for the unexpected physical, financial and emotional harm they are likely to have suffered in a car accident involving distracted driving. A personal injury claim for damages helps hold a distracted driver accountable for their negligence and helps victims with the damages suffered in a car accident involving distracted driving.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Distracted Driving," Accessed Nov. 6, 2017