Distracted Driving as Dangerous as Drunk DrivingDecember 24, 2019
When you are driving, sometimes keeping your attention focused on the road 100 percent of the time is easier said than done. Distractions are everywhere, from children misbehaving in the backseat, to a deer unexpectedly darting across the road. Thanks to modern technology in today’s vehicles, smartphones, navigation systems, and advanced sound systems cause drivers to be more distracted than ever. These distractions can be dangerous when it takes the driver’s attention off the road. In fact, research suggests that distracted driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving, particularly with those that are related to talking or texting while driving.
According to the United States Department of Transportation in 2017, 14 percent of all fatal distracted driving accidents involved the use of cell phones and 16 percent of distracted drivers that were using cell phones were between the ages of 15 and 19 years old. Despite the awareness campaigns and tragic new stories about fatal distracted driving accidents, teens continue to talk on the phone, read or send text messages, or check social media while behind the wheel. A car can quickly become a dangerous piece of equipment when their attention is not on the road ahead. Even when utilizing a hands-free device, part of the driver’s attention is focused on something besides the road.
Distracted Driving versus Drunk Driving
When a motorist is traveling at 55 miles per hour and takes their eyes off the road for a mere five seconds, it is the equivalent of traveling the length of a football field blindfolded. Too many people think that they can quickly look at their phones to make a call or read a text, and nothing bad will happen. Unfortunately, this is not the case, as 3,166 motorists lost their lives in distracted driving accidents in 2017 alone. The following statistics show the dangers of distracted driving and why motorists should avoid being distracted:
- In 2016, 10,497 people were fatally injured in drunk driving accidents. Approximately 30 percent of the fatalities involved people between the ages of 21 and 24. Distracted driving was responsible for 3,450 fatalities and 391,000 injuries that year. Teen drivers were four times more likely to be involved in a distracted driving accident compared to older drivers.
- In recent years, the number of drunk driving accident fatalities has been steadily declining, whereas the number of fatal distracted driving accidents has been increasing.
- Drunk driving can be easily proven using a breathalyzer test, whereas distracted driving is more difficult to prove.
- There is no degree of impairment or distraction that is considered safe when behind the wheel.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Victims of Distracted Driving Accidents
If you or a loved one was injured in a distracted driving accident, contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We will hold the negligent party liable for your injuries and ensure that you receive the maximum financial compensation you deserve. Protecting your rights is our top priority. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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