Don't Text and Drive
Texting While Driving Statistics: About 6,000 deaths and a half a million injuries are caused by distracted drivers every year. While teenagers are texting, they spend about 10 percent of the time outside the driving lane they’re supposed to be in.
Talking on a cell phone while driving can make a young driver’s driver s reaction time as slow as that of a 70-year-old. Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. That is enough time to travel the length of a football field. Statistics p provided by y www.NAIDW.org g
ď ś2011 Distracted Driving Statistics: ď ś ď śMost adults who drive admit to engaging in distracted driving behaviors, according to a HealthDay poll from November 10 1014, 2011. More than 2,800 American adults responded to the poll. Results showed the following statistics:
Approximately 86% of drivers said they ate or drank while driving at some point, point and 57% said they do it “sometimes” or “often.”Over 1/3 / of drivers ((37%)) have sent or received text messages while driving, and 18% said they do it regularly.
Forty-one percent of adult drivers have set or changed a GPS system while driving, and 21% do it “more frequently.”Many q y y adult drivers (36%) ( ) have read a map while driving, and 10% do it “sometimes” or “often.”One in five drivers have combed or styled his or her hair while driving. One in ten does it regularly. regularly
ď śHave you ever seen a driver putting on makeup? Approximately 14% have done it once, and 7% do it frequently. ď śAbout 13% of adult drivers have surfed the Internet while driving.Results of the poll showed that younger drivers were more likely to engage in distracted driving.
ď śMen were more likely to drive while drowsy drive after drinking drowsy, drinking, read a map, map use a GPS system, and use the Internet. ď śA large percentage of the people said they y know distracted driving g is dangerous, but do it anyway.
ď śDriver Electronic Use in 2010 ď śAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the percentage of drivers who were using a cell phone (texting or manipulating it in some way) increased to 0.9% in 2010.The percentage of drivers using a cell phone while holding it to their ears was 5% in 2010Th level 2010The l l off hand-held h d h ld cell ll phone h use was higher among female drivers than it was for male drivers. drivers
ď śYounger drivers ages 16 to 24 were more likely to use a hand hand-held held cell phone.More phone More than three-quarters reported that they were likely y to answer calls on all,, most,, or some trips while driving. They also said that they rarely consider traffic situations when deciding to use their cell phones. ď śTh ď śThere were 3,092 3 092 deaths d th in i distractiondi t ti related accidents in 2010, but the number is likely much higher. higher
ď śMost drivers said they are willing to answer a call or text while driving, driving but most of these same drivers said they would feel unsafe as a p passenger g in a car where the driver was sending or receiving text messages.
Study Reveals the Dangers of Texting While Driving The following statistics come from a study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation p Institute ((VTTI): ) Of all cell phone related tasks – including talking, dialing, or reaching for the phone – texting while driving is the most dangerous. dangerous
ď śTeen drivers are four times more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near crash events directly related to talking g on a cell p phone or texting.A g car driver dialing a cell phone is 2.8 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-distracted driver. ď ś A driver reaching for a cell phone or any other th electronic l t i d device i iis 1 1.4 4 times ti more likely to experience a car crash. ď ś A car driver talking on their phone is 1.3 13 times more likely to get into an accident.
ď śA truck driver texting while driving is 23 2 times more likely to get into an 23.2 accident than a trucker paying full attention to the road. ď śA truck driver dialing a cell is 5.9 times more likely y to crash. ď śA trucker reaching for a phone or other device is 6.7 times more likely to experience a truck accident.
ď śFor every 6 seconds of drive time, a driver sending or receiving a text message spends 4.6 of those seconds with their eyes y off the road. This makes texting the most distracting of all cell phone related tasks.
ď śPennsylvania Cell Phone Car Crash Stats ď śIn Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania although there are no laws regarding talking on the cell or sending g text messages g while driving, g there are emerging statistics that show the connection between cell phone use and d car wrecks. k
There were 23,059 crashes involving 16to 19 19-year-olds year olds in 2008, 2008 resulting in 194 deaths. Driver distraction contributed to about 10% of them,, but the number could be much higher.In Pennsylvania, there were 1,298 cell phone related accidents in 2008. Off those accidents, 9 resulted in death. F From 2003 tto 2006, 2006 car accidents id t from f cell phone use lead to 50 deaths across the state of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania
ď śCell phone-related car accidents shot up 43 percent in western Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2006.A normal, undistracted driver fails to notice an important p road event (like another driver mistake) 3% of the time. An adult dialing a cell phone misses that event 13% off the time, and a teenager dialing a cell phone misses it 53% of the time.According time According to PennDOT, PennDOT from 2002 to 2006 there were 5,715 car accidents linked to the use of hand hand-held held cell phones in PA.
PennDOT also reports 367 accidents in the same time period involving hands free cell phones or Bluetooth communication devices. In 2004 alone, hand hand-held held cell phone use contributed to over 1,170 Pennsylvania car crashes.
Accidents involving talking or texting on a cell phone rose from 168 in 2003 to 228 in 2005 in the Western Pennsylvania region. g That’s a 36 p percent increase in over two years. provided by y Edgar g Snyder y & Statistics p Assoc.
ď śWith statistics as catastrophic as this, its amazing that anyone still texts and drives. The effects of a motor vehicle accident are never limited to those directly involved in the accident itself. ď ś These victims have families, children, husbands, wifes, moms, dads, grandkids, brothers and sisters. The effects have such h an impact i t that th t so many lives li are impacted.
ď śThe consequences of a car accident almost always extend beyond a person person's s initial injuries and trauma. Along with the impact p on the family, y, there is future medical treatments, lost wages and earnings and the extent of the emotional pain and suffering ff resulting from f the car accident. And God forbid, the accident involves a fatality. fatality
So please don't text and drive. Be a responsible driver. driver Think about the impact your actions may have on so many y lives,, mothers,, daughters, g , fathers,, sons, parents, and so on. Think if it were your family that had to deal with losing you. That text can wait until you reach your destination, lives are counting on it! G t th Get the b bestt Personal P l injury i j l lawyer, contact now Snyder Wilies Lawyers here: http://www snyderwileslaw com/ http://www.snyderwileslaw.com/
Published on Oct 28, 2012
About 6,000 deaths and a half a million injuries are caused by distracted drivers every year.While teenagers are texting, they spend about 1...