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Dallas Distracted Driving Attorney

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The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as “any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.”

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Dallas Distracted Driving Attorney

  1. 1. DISTRACTED DRIVING The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as “any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.”
  2. 2. DEATHS AND ACCIDENTS Distracted driving is the No. 1 contributor to traffic accidents and deaths each year. Whether it is using a cell phone, playing with the radio or even smoking, distracted driving pulls the driver’s attention from the road and many times the driver is not prepared to react when they need to respond. The true tragedy of distracted driving is that most accidents caused by distracted driving could have been avoided.
  3. 3. IN 2015 3,477 people died as a result of distracted driving. AAA estimates distracted driving contributes to 16 percent of all fatal crashes. 391,000 were injured in some way in distracted driving crashes. NHTSA estimates 660,000 drivers use cell phones while driving daily. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report eight people killed and 1,161 injured each day as a result of distracted driving.
  4. 4. EXAMPLES OF DISTRACTED DRIVING AAA suggests distraction latency, or the amount of time for a distracted driver to again become fully engaged with the road after a distraction, lasts 27 seconds. Cell phones – talking or texting Eating or drinking Talking to people Working with the stereo Using entertainment systems Using navigation systems
  5. 5. TYPES OF DISTRACTION The CDC lists three types of distraction: Visual: taking your eyes off the road Manual: taking your hands off the wheel Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving.
  6. 6. CELL PHONES 61 percent of adults use cell phones while driving. 47 percent of teens use cell phones while driving. 6.9 percent of drivers use some sort of phone while driving during daylight hours. 542,000 drivers use handheld cell phones. Teens make up 4.6 percent of drivers using handheld cell phones.
  7. 7. TEXTING A Pew Research Poll suggests: 59 percent of those aged 18-34 text while driving. 27 percent of drivers overall text while driving. International Business Times: Average text takes 4.6 seconds to complete. At 55 mph, a car travels the length of a football field in the same period.
  8. 8. ECONOMIC COSTS The NHTSA claims in a study published in 2014 that the total economic costs of accidents in 2010 exceeded $871 billion. The economic and societal costs of distracted driving were more than $129 million or 15 percent of the total costs of all motor vehicle crashes. The costs include loss of life, loss of ability to work, property damage, medical bills, court bills and the results of litigation and liability, pain and suffering, decline in quality of life, and other expenses.
  9. 9. STATE DISTRACTED DRIVING LAWS 46 states have laws against distracted driving. 14 states prohibit handheld cell phone use. According to CBS News, in states that implemented distracted driving laws between 2003-2010, hospitalization from car crashes went down more than 7 percent. Because of laws, education, and other preventative measures, handheld cell phone use dropped from 6.2 percent of drivers in 2007 to 3.8 percent in 2015.
  10. 10. PREVENTION The NHTSA has several recommendations to combat distracted driving: Teens: Be active and speak up when you’re with a friend who engages in distracted driving. Parents: Lead by example – never drive distracted. Educators and Employers: Educate about the dangers of distracted driving.
  11. 11. CONTACT GUAJARDO & MARKS If you have been the victim of a distracted driver and need legal assistance, Guajardo & Marks of Dallas have the experience and resources you need and are proud to help our fellow Texans in all personal injury situations. Contact us by filling out our online form or calling us at 972-426-2621.

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