The Dangers of Distracted Driving

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

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Dangers of Distracted Driving

  • 9 people are killed each day in accidents caused by distracted driving
  • 1,060 are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver
  • 1 out of 3 people admit they text and drive
  • 23x more likely to be involved in an accident while texting and driving
  • 1 in 5 accidents involving and injury report a distraction as a factor
  • 2 in 5 teens say they’ve been in a car while the driver was distracted by using a phone
  • Sending or receiving a text takes the drivers eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 65 mph that’s 140 yards, or the equivalent of driving almost 1.5 football fields.

Car Accident Statistics

  • 6 million – The average number of car accidents each year in the US
  • 3 million – The number of people injured in car accidents each year
  • 2 million – The number of drivers that with permanent injuries caused by car accidents
  • 90 people – Die in car accidents each day

Factors of Fatal Accidents

  • 40% – Alcohol
  • 30% – Speeding
  • 33% – Reckless Driving

Seatbelt Safety

  • 1 in 7 people don’t wear their seatbelt while driving
  • 45% – The percentage that seatbelts reduce risk of death
  • 50% – The percentage that seatbelts reduce risk of serious injury
  • 30x – You’re 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during an accident if not wearing your seatbelt.

Sources:

  • gov/Features/dsDistractedDriving
  • gov/motorvehiclesafety/seatbeltbrief/index.html
  • gov
  • www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx
  • gov/library/publications/2011/compendia/statab/131ed/transportation.html