Distracted Driving Still a Rising Danger
According to a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the Urban Institute, Americans drive the fewest miles during winter months. However, traffic increases during the warmth of April, as drivers shake off the winter doldrums and get back on the road. This is a fitting reason to recognize April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Our experienced Dallas car accident attorneys have witnessed the devastating effects of distracted driving firsthand, and he invites you to celebrate Distracted Driving Awareness Month by renewing your commitment to giving the road your full attention every time you get behind the wheel.
Despite previous efforts to raise awareness about the perils of driving while distracted, auto accidents and catastrophic injuries caused by this preventable practice unfortunately continue to rise every year, especially among texters and teenagers. The proliferation of mobile technology certainly plays a role in these tragic figures, but other bad habits, such as eating, talking, adjusting the radio and applying makeup all have consistently deadly consequences.
Distracted Driving Statistics
- Fatalities: Distracted driving accounts for 10 percent of all fatal crashes involving drivers aged 15 to 19.
- Phone use: An estimated 660,000 vehicles are being driven by someone actively using a mobile phone at any given moment on U.S. roads.
- Aftermath: In 2014, there were 431,000 people injured and 3,179 people killed as a result of crashes caused by distracted driving.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a distracted driving wreck, contact an experienced Dallas car accident attorneys at the Turley Law Firm online or at (214) 691-4025 to schedule a personal consultation. We proudly serve clients from Richardson, Plano and throughout Texas.