Texting and Driving by the Numbers
Cellphones make staying connected with friends and family as easy as the swipe of a finger, but this simplicity poses serious safety risks if done while behind the wheel.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), more than a quarter of all accidents in the U.S. are likely caused by a cellphone.
If you or a loved one is injured in an accident because a driver was texting and driving, you may be entitled to compensation for economic and emotional losses. Call the experienced auto accident attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C.™to discuss your case.
Cellphone Use While Behind the Wheel
Texting and driving is a growing problem among drivers and one that can have grave consequences. This type of distracted driving physically takes your hand off the wheel, takes your eyes off the road and takes your mind off driving.
The NSC compiled several statistics to detail just how much of a problem texting and driving really is:
- The estimate for the number of accidents caused by texting rose to at least six percent in 2013
- 21 percent of all accidents in 2013 were related to handheld and hands-free devices
- The council estimates that texting and driving was involved in at least 341,000 car crashes in 2013, while talking on a phone led to 2.1 million
- Nine percent of drivers at any point during daylight hours were talking on a cellphone while driving
As shown by these statistics, texting is a very dangerous activity while behind the wheel. If you or someone you love has been injured because of a distracted driver, our texting and driving lawyers can help.
We have years of experience representing the injured against the negligent and are dedicated to fighting for the justice you deserve.