Distracted Driving Continues to Rise
The number of injuries caused by distracted driving continues to rise, especially among teenagers. Perhaps the rise can be attributed to our society’s newfound obsession with screens or the frenetic pace our lives compared to 50 years ago. Regardless of the reason for the rise in injuries, it is important to remember one thing: distracted driving is 100% preventable.
According to Distraction.gov, the official US government website for distracted driving, any action that takes the driver’s attention off the road is considered distracted driving. These actions include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
Together, these seemingly innocuous tasks contribute to some troubling and deadly statistics:
- In 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
- There are 660,000 vehicles being driven by someone using a hand-held phone at any given time on U.S. roads.
- In 2013, 10 percent of all drivers aged 15 to 19 involved in fatal crashes were reported distracted at the time of the crash.
Luckily, Wisconsin does have some legislation in place to curb distracted driving. Wisconsin law currently bans texting for all drivers and all cell phone use for new drivers. However, anyone may mount a case if they are injured by a driver who was distracted for any reason, not just texting or talking on the phone.
If you or a loved one was injured due to the negligence of a distracted driver, you may be able to mount a successful case. Call Domnitz & Skemp S.C. for a free, no-obligation consultation.