3,154 were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2013.
To help spread awareness about the dangers of distracted driving the National Safety Council, along with countless safety organizations in the United States, sponsors Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April of each year.
Fatalities dropped from 2013 to 2012 by 6.7%, which at first suggests that awareness and education campaigns have helped improve the safety of America’s roadways when it comes to distracted drivers. However, there were 3000 more injuries from distracted driving in 2013 than in 2012.
And despite increased awareness campaigns and education an estimated 660,000 people fiddle with electronic devices while driving. This number hasn't changed since 2010. The likeliest demographic to become involved with a distracted driving accident is the under 20 set, and people in their 20s were killed one-fourth of the time in fatal distracted driving collisions.
Various Types of Distracted Driving
Texting while driving has always been a focal point for traffic safety advocates because – although there are a number of different types of distracting behavior – it requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver, making it “by far the most alarming distraction,” according to the NHTSA.
Other forms of driver distraction include:
- Talking on cell phone
- Web browsing on a smart phone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Self care/grooming
- Reading maps or books
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a movie
- Adjusting radio or CD player
Texting while driving increases a driver’s risk of being involved in an accident 23 times in comparison to drivers who are not distracted. And sending or receiving a text message at a speed of at least 55 mph takes a driver’s eyes off the road for almost five seconds, enough time to drive the length of a football field.
The Davis Law Group is a proud supporter of Distracted Driving Awareness Month and encourages all drivers to refrain from using a cell phone behind the wheel.