Statistics on distracted driving and the risk of an accident

On Behalf of | Aug 3, 2021 | Firm News

On the road, you need to keep an eye out for reckless drivers. Aside from drunk driving and speeding, many drivers cause accidents due to distracted driving. Whether someone swerves in front of your vehicle abruptly or rear-ends your car, the details of distracted driving accidents vary from one crash to the next.

Sadly, some distracted driving accidents cause serious hardships, such as devastating injuries and even death. Drivers who cause these collisions must answer for the consequences of their actions.

Distracted driving increases the odds of an accident

According to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, when it comes to traffic crashes in the state of New York, distracted driving is the top contributing factor. Moreover, texting and the use of cell phones is the most common reason why drivers become distracted behind the wheel.

In fact, if a driver takes his or her eyes off of the road for two seconds or longer, the likelihood of an accident (or near accident) becomes doubled. Furthermore, if drivers are inattentive due to fatigue, they are four times more likely to find themselves in an accident (or a near accident).

Secondary tasks resulting in distracted driving

There are many secondary tasks that can interfere with a driver’s ability to focus on the road. Aside from phone use, some drivers try to read, talk to others in the vehicle, put makeup on or eat while behind the wheel, which can increase the odds of an accident. These tasks can cause drivers to take their hands off the wheel and lose focus, and distracted driving accident victims deserve justice.