Now more than ever Americans are in the pursuit of making money to make ends meet. This means more and more people are multitasking. They juggle between responding to emails, text messages, making phone calls and rushing to complete things faster and effectively. However, when it comes to driving, people are not slowing down and accidents are now more than ever on the increase.
It’s estimated that 10 million people get into car accidents every year. According to the center for disease control and prevention, car accidents are the leading cause of teenage deaths. With that in mind, below are the three top causes of car accidents in America.
Top 3 Causes of Car Accidents in America
This is probably one of the most dangerous behaviors on the road today. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, approximately 300, 000 incidents of drunk driving happen on a daily basis. It’s also estimated that more than 1.41 million drivers were arrested in 2010 for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Drunk driving is irresponsible and dangerous. Accidents that occur because of drunk driving can be prevented. If you are going out with friends and you take a little too much alcohol, it’s important to get a designated driver. Nowadays it’s much easier to get a designated driver thanks to mobile apps like Uber. You should also not let your friends drink and drive.
We love quick access to everything. This is why we have ATMs, drive-thrus, corner stores and everything else that gives us quick access to the most basic things. However, speeding on the highway is dangerous and it’s one of the most prevalent causes of accidents today in the United States. According to the Department of Transportation, speeding is responsible for about a third of car accidents in the US.
Distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents in America. Talking, grooming, reading, eating, texting and calling are just some of the ways drivers get distracted while on the road. Research shows that drivers who use hand held devices like mobile phones are far more likely to pay less attention to the road while driving. Drivers who check their text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to get into a car accident than those who don’t.
What Are Some of the Common Types of Distraction?
Drivers on the road may experience three types of distractions:
- Cognitive: Taking your mind off of driving
- Manual: Taking your hands off the wheel
- Visual: Taking your eyes off the road.
What are Some of the Distracted Driving Activities?
Some of the most common distracted driving activities include:
How Big is the Problem of Distracted Driving?
According to the National Highway traffic Safety Administration, approximately 3, 328 people were killed in car accidents compared to 3, 154 people in 2013. In 2013, approximately 424, 000 people were injured in car accidents involving distracted drivers. This is almost a 10% increase from 2011. In 2013, approximately 18% of people were injured in accidents involving distracted driving.
What are the Risk Factors?
Activities such as replying to texts takes your attention away from the road for longer periods than something like answering a call. If you are driving at 55mph, responding or writing an average text takes your attention away from the road just long enough to cover a football field.
Young Adults and Teenage Drivers.
Drivers who are under the age of 20 are more likely to be distracted and cause serious car accidents. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention observed risk behaviors among high school students and they found that:
- in 2013, two out of five students who drove in the past one month sent a text while driving.
- Students who texted while driving were more likely to let a driver get behind the wheel while intoxicated.
- Students who texted more frequently while driving were more likely to drink and drive or ride with a drunk driver.
Most states are in the process of enacting laws such as implementing a driver licensing system for teen drivers and banning texting while driving. This is all in an effort to help raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and to prevent it from happening. But, we cannot conclude that the effectiveness of banning texting decreases distracted driving so further studies need to be one.
Former president Obama issued an executive order on September 30, 2009, banning federal employees from texting while driving with government equipment or while driving on government business.
The federal railroad administration banned employees from using cell phones and electronic devices while on the job on September 17 2009.
In 2011, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration banned drivers carrying hazardous materials and commercial drivers from using cell phones while they are on the road or at work.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration banned commercial drivers from texting while driving on October 27, 2010.
How Kevin P Landry Law Offices have Contributed to Help Reduce Distracted Driving
At the Kevin P Landry Law Offices, we are aware of the increasing number of distracted driving accidents in not only Providence but throughout the United States. In order to help reduce the number of accidents caused by distracted driving, we have created awareness about it by creating a campaign known as “The Help Save Lives Don’t Text and Drive College Scholarship”.
The scholarship is available to students seeking post-secondary education in the United States. We already issued out scholarships to students who wanted to enroll in college, university or any other post-secondary institution in the Fall of 2016. Interested applicants were required to prepare an essay and submit it to us.
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If you have been involved in a car accident in Providence, our Providence car accident attorneys can help you. Call us today at 401-751-0101 for a free initial consultation.