At this moment, approximately 660,000 drivers – 5 percent of all American drivers – are talking on hand-held cell phones, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s premier newsletter issue reports.
The NHTSA publication, called “Safety in Numbers,” which was launched in April as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, further shows that almost double that number, 1.18 million were using some type of mobile device (either hand-held or hands free) at a typical daylight moment.
More and more research shows that distracted driving is dangerous, it’s even been called “the new drunk driving,” so why do so many drivers do it? The publication explains: “Many drivers see distracted driving as risky when other drivers do it, but do not recognize how their own driving deteriorates.”
And so, the 2012 NHTSA Distracted Driving telephone survey shows:
- Almost half of drivers say they answer incoming phone calls
- 1 out of 4 drivers are willing to place calls on all or most trips
This hasn’t changed in two years. Come on and put the cell phone down before you get into an accident.
Fatal crash data reports from 2011 show:
- 7 percent of drivers were distracted.
- Of these, 12 percent were using cell phones.
- More than half of the drivers using cell phones were 15 to 29-years-old
- Almost 1 in 6 injury crashes
If you or someone you know has gotten into an accident because someone hasn’t taken personal responsibility for distracted driving, then please contact us for a free initial consultation so that we can help protect your rights and pursue the financial compensation you deserve.
Evidence mounts of the dangers of distracted driving
All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. Texting while driving, all too common in today’s society, involves all three major types of distraction: visual, manual and cognitive.
Several large-scale studies conducted by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that headset cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use because the primary distraction is answering, dialing, and other tasks which take your eyes off the road. Use of, or reach for, an electronic device made the risk of crash or near crash event 6.7 times as high as non-distracted driving. Still, text messaging had the highest risk of over 20 times worse than driving while not using a phone. It also had the longest duration of eyes-off-road time – 4.6 second over a six-second interval – this equates to a driver traveling the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour without looking at the road.
Recently, scientists reported in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention that texting while driving is just as dangerous as driving drunk while being twice over the legal limit, an article on RedOrbit.com, an internet destination for technology enthusiasts, shows.