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Distracted driving trends in car accidents

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2024 | Car accidents

Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous and deadly issues in the United States. It is divided into three categories: visual, manual and cognitive. Unfortunately, distracted driving has led to fatal crashes and contributed to the rising number of traffic fatalities.

Distracted driving has caused the deaths of 3,308 people

Distracted driving increases the risk of vehicle crashes by reducing the driver’s ability to react to road conditions, traffic signals, and other drivers’ behavior. In recent statistics, distracted driving has been linked to the deaths of 3,308 individuals. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that distracted driving caused 8% of fatal crashes and 12% of injured crashes in 2022. The latest NHTSA report indicates that 289,310 individuals were injured due to distracted driving. Furthermore, 621 pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-occupants were killed in such incidents. 

Causes of distracted driving

The NHTSA reports that common causes of distraction in car crashes include internal distractions, such as adjusting the car’s music or climate settings, and external distractions, such as interacting with a person outside the vehicle or observing an external event.  

Passengers or pets in the vehicle can also distract the driver and cause an accident. Other leading causes of distracted driving include: 

  • Moving an object (including a dropped object, pet, insect, or cargo) 
  • Using a cell phone 
  • Adjusting audio, climate, or other vehicle functions 
  • Reaching for an object or device 
  • Eating, drinking, or smoking 
  • Lost in thought or daydreaming 
  • Outside events 

Distracted drivers can cause deadly accidents. You can file a claim if you have been involved in a car accident due to a driver’s irresponsibility.  

Losing your vehicle or getting injured are unfortunate and painful situations. Yet, you may be able to recover compensation. An experienced personal injury professional can provide proper guidance for your case.