According to government reports on auto safety, driver distraction has been reported to be the cause of over 500,000 injuries and 6,000 deaths in 2014. Studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between these statistics and using mobile devices while driving, including texting while driving and/or talking on the cell.
Recent studies showed that driver distraction was involved in 16 percent of all fatal crashes in the U.S, and driver distraction was significantly involved in injuring 515,000 people and killing 5,870 people.
Ray LaHood, Transportation Secretary and others involved came together recently to discuss new restrictions on using devices while driving. One of the main topics during these safety discussions was that of car accidents with young adults who were texting while driving. Over 16 percent of teenage drivers who were in fatal car crashes were found texting and therefore distracted while they were driving.
According to Secretary LaHood, collision risks were 23 times greater when heavy truck drivers were texting, and dialing a cell phone or reaching for an electronic device increased the risk of accidents over six times in accidents involving other vehicles. Car and Driver magazine reported that texting while driving is even more dangerous than driving under the influence.
The majority of automobile manufacturers and safety associations such as the Governors Highway Safety Association, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Cellular Telephone Industry Association support more restrictions for texting while driving and more safety education.
Potter Law Firm is experienced in representing all age groups in car accidents that involve texting while driving, DUIs or other distractions.