Driving is a task that should be carried out with the greatest attention. Between traffic patterns on the roads, pedestrians crossing the road, and every driver making adjustments constantly while driving, it’s important to do everything you can to be a safe driver while out on the road. It is important to not create distractions while driving as this could lead to an accident on the road or potential injury of yourself or another driver. We’ve compiled a list of driving statistics relating to texting while driving and drinking and driving.
Texting and Driving Accident Statistics
Taking on the task of texting while driving is something that you shouldn’t do. Texting while driving causes your immediate focus to be turned away from the road and your mind focused on the text you are going to send. According to the National Safety Council, cell phone use leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. Nearly 390,000 injuries that occur from motor vehicle accidents are while texting and driving. Statistically, you are 20 times more likely to crash while texting and driving rather than not using your phone at all.
The idea of grabbing your phone is something that you should consider thinking twice about. Throughout the day, around 660,000 drivers are attempting to use the phone while behind the wheel of their vehicle. Whether the driver is answering a phone call, responding to a text message, snapping a photo, or checking social media, that causes the driver to take attention away from the road. Answering a text message can take your attention away from the road for about five seconds. When travelling at a speed of 55mph, that’s the length of a football field.
Drinking and Driving Accident Statistics
If you decide to consume any form of alcoholic beverage it is important that you do not get behind the wheel. On a daily basis, 28 people in the United States die from motor vehicle crashes involving an impaired driver. This statistic equates to one death every 52 minutes. 43% of Americans have openly admitted to having driven under the influence of alcohol. 45% have gotten a ride from someone who has been drinking. 56% of men have admitted to drinking and driving. 29% of women have admitted to drinking while driving.
When it comes to drinking and driving, it is always important to play it safe and have a game plan. It is always a good idea to plan a safe ride home before you begin drinking. Having that ride in place will be safe for you and everyone else out on the road. In addition, it is also important to not let someone who has been drinking behind the wheel. If you are hosting the event, make sure that all guests leave with a sober driver. Lastly, it is important that you always wear your seatbelt while in any vehicle. The seat belt is the best defense should you get into an accident or should anything happen on the road.
Being responsible and safe comes with making the right decisions. However, there is still a chance of you getting into an accident, even if you aren’t the driver at fault. If you are involved in an accident or have been hurt in an accident, it is important to find the right resources to help. You may also find yourself in need of an attorney, depending on the degree and severity of the accident. If that’s the case, contact an attorney here at Ramos & Ramos. Our attorneys will help in defending your case and make sure the insurance company does not take advantage of you. Contact our office today or fill out our Free Case Evaluation which allows us to better understand your case and answer any questions you may have.