Most people know that distracted driving is dangerous, but few realize the extent of the risks distracted driving poses. Here are a few stats to give you a glimpse of the big picture. If a distracted driver hits you, don’t hesitate to get help so you can collect the compensation you deserve.
- Texting increases your chances of being involved in a collision by a factor of 23 – you’re 23 times more likely to get in a crash if you’re texting
- If you’re driving 55mph and you take your eyes off the road for 5 seconds, your vehicle will cover the length of a football field before your eyes are back on the road
- At any given moment during the day, roughly 542,000 drivers in the U.S. are manipulating electronic devices while driving
- That means that roughly 6.9 percent of vehicles on the road are being operated by drivers who are using some sort of electronic device (this includes both handheld and hands-free devices)
- Teens who text and drive spend roughly 10 percent of their time on the road outside of their own lane
- People admit to engaging in a variety of distracted driving behaviors, including brushing and flossing their teeth, applying makeup, singing and dancing, smoking, reading, taking selfies, changing clothes, changes drivers and putting in contact lenses
- One survey respondent reported seeing someone driving and playing a guitar at the same time
It’s not surprising that people choose to drive while distracted, but the associated risks and consequences are truly startling. To avoid these risks, embrace a simple solution that will help keep you, your passengers and those with whom you share the road safe: keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.
Even if you’re committed to careful driving, you can still fall victim to the dangerous decision others make when they choose to drive distracted. If a distracted driver hits you, get the compensation you deserve with the help of the experts at Thomas J. Henry, the largest personal injury firm in Texas.