Car accidents are the most common type of personal injury.
Some recent statistics:
There are more than 30,000 fatal car crashes in the United States annually, and more than 50,000 people are killed.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), alcohol is a major factor in approximately 40 percent of fatal car crashes and 10 percent of injury accidents nationwide.
The National Safety Council reports that a driver’s excessive speed is the third leading cause of car accidents in the US. The NHTSA estimates that speed is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal car crashes.
Any activity that diverts a driver’s attention from the task of driving is a distraction and is potentially dangerous to the driver, passengers, pedestrians and others on the roadway.
Examples of distractions are:
Conducting searches on a smart phone
Speaking on a cell phone
Reading, including GPS devices and maps
Talking to passengers
Making adjustments to audio devices
Reaching for an item outside the driver’s grasp.
More than 3,000 people are killed annually in the U.S. as a result of distracted driving, and more than 400,000 are injured in these car accidents.
Call our experienced lawyers if you or someone you know is the victim of a car accident.