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Distracted Driving Responsible for Deaths and Serious Personal Injuries

According to Virginia Tech Transportation Institute’s large scale driving study, distracted drivers are responsible for nearly 6,000 fatalities and an estimated 515,000 personal injuries each year. Distracted driving is whenever a driver’s full attention or awareness is diverted away from his or her primary task of driving. Driving safely requires a driver to focus on all road conditions at all times. The leading cause of distracted driving related auto accidents is manual cell phone usage which accounts for 28% of all automobile accidents annually.

Distracted Driving Risk Estimates

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute’s study determined tasks that drew the driver’s eyes from the road had the highest risk rating of all distracted driving acts. In view of that, the risk factor of talking to passengers or listening to the radio wasn’t high enough to have any significant impact on distracted driving statistics. Drivers eating, grooming, or reaching for an object inside a vehicle made the risk of a being involved in an auto accident 1.4 times as high as non-distracted drivers. Drivers talking or listening to the cell phone were 1.3 times more likely to cause or be in an auto accident. Dialing a cell phone had a high degree of driver distraction, resulting in the risk factor being 2.8 times higher than non-distracted drivers.

Text Messaging While Driving Risk Estimates

Texting while driving has the highest risk factor of all distracted driving actions. Texting on a cell phone while driving had the longest duration of eyes-off-road time and were 23.2 times more likely to be involved in an auto accident than non-distracted drivers. A texting drivers eyes were off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds of 6-second intervals, which equates to the full length of a football when traveling 55 miles per hour.

The increase in cell phone dialing, answering, and texting by drivers on a daily basis can be directly linked to the increase of auto accidents caused by distracted driving. The key to improving driver safety is to keep your eyes on the road at all times while eliminating the manual manipulation of cell phone usage whenever your behind the wheel of your car.


If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in an auto accident at the hands of a distracted driver in California, please contact our office immediately for a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL evaluation of your personal injury or auto accident case. Attorney Bradley H. Spear will personally provide detailed and comprehensive answers to your important questions, evaluating your claim, and responding to you, either by e-mail or telephone, within 24 hours. If you’d prefer, please call Bradley H. Spear at (877) 327-5291 / 8-SPEARLAW-1. We will answer your questions, without charge, and there is no obligation to use our services.

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