Spring is here and April is right around the corner – but did you know that it also begins Distracted Driving Awareness Month?
The numbers from the American Automobile Association (AAA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and other groups about the dangers of distracted driving are staggering.
These six numbers related to distracted driving will make you rethink reading that text next time you are behind the wheel:
4.6: The number of seconds it takes, on average to read or send a text, according to a recent study. While this may not seem like a long time, if you are traveling at 55 miles per hour you will cover more than 100 yards during this time. Imagine driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed; that is what happens when you read that text behind the wheel.
9: The estimated number of people who die every day in the United States due to distracted driving accidents, according to statistics published by NHTSA. Many more suffer devastating, life-changing injuries.
10: The percentage of teen drivers — between the ages of 15 to 19 — who were driving distracted at the time of a fatal crash they caused or contributed to. While percentages of texting and driving crashes are high in other age brackets, this group is the largest.
23: How much more likely you are to cause or be involved in a crash while sending or reading a text, according to research from AAA. Yes, you read that correctly. Motorists who text and drive see a 23-fold increase in their risk of an accident over drivers who wait until they reach their destination.
30: The percent of drivers who admit to texting while driving, according to a study by Erie Insurance. An additional 75 percent say they see others texting while driving every day.
1,161: The estimated number of people who suffer injuries every day in distracted driving accidents nationwide (NHTSA). Since it is difficult to track the true number of distracted driving crashes, this total could be much higher.
If you suffered serious injuries in a distracted driving crash, Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us at 215-515-0776 or cordiscosaile.com.