Nearly 10% Of Fatal Accidents Involve Distracted Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released new statistics showing that nearly 10% of all fatal accidents that occurred in 2010 were linked to distracted driving; 18% of all accident injuries in 2010 were also a result of distractions. The agency defines a distraction as any type of activity that diverts a motorist’s attention away from the driving task.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s new report Distracted Driving in 2010, brings attention to the heartbreaking toll of distracted driving related accidents that occur each year. When these accidents are a result of texting behind the wheel, the last messages often serve as chilling reminders of the fragility of life. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is not focusing only on cell phone use while driving but all kinds of distracting behaviors. Very often, eating and drinking beverages while driving are two of the most often ignored distractions that cause serious accidents.

  • In 2010, a total of 3,092 people were killed in accidents that involved a distracted motorist.
  • Approximately 450,000 people suffered injuries in these accidents.
  • Out of the 3,092 fatalities, 408 fatalities occurred in accidents that involved cell phone use while driving.
  • Roughly 13% of all fatalities in distracted driving related accidents involved cell phone use.

The attorneys at Parker Law Firm want everyone to remain safe behind the wheel. The next time you are on the road, think twice before you allow distracted behaviors to compromise your safety and the safety of other drivers.

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