Updated on: 6/1/2018An Oregon woman crashed her SUV into a roadside barrier Saturday morning after text messaging caused her to become distracted. According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Julie Startup, the woman was texting when she realized traffic ahead of her had come to a stop. The woman tried to avoid a collision with other vehicles but lost control of the car and crashed into a barrier.
The driver, a 25-year-old woman from Eugene, was issued a $175 ticket for texting while driving. Following the accident, Startup made note of how distractions can prevent drivers from noticing subtle changes in traffic flow, as was the case in this accident. She also made note of this driver’s honesty in admitting that she was texting while driving.
Distracted Driving Statistics
- In 2009, 5,474 people were killed and approximately 448,000 were injured in vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.
- 16 percent of all fatal crashes and 20 percent of all injury crashes involved a reported distracted driver in 2009.