Key statistics associated with distracted driving

As the name implies, distracted driving is any behavior that takes a driver's attention away from the task at hand.

Any type of distraction, regardless of what it may be, can put the driver, passengers, and others on the road in danger. Some of the most common types of distractions include: texting, speaking on a cellphone, eating, drinking, grooming, adjusting a radio or GPS system, watching a video, talking to passengers, and reading.

According to Distraction.gov, 3,179 people were killed in distracted driving related accidents in 2014. This is in addition to the approximately 431,000 who were injured.

If those statistics don't open your eyes, here are some others to think about:

10 percent of drivers between the age of 15 and 19 involved in a fatal accident were reported to be distracted when the crash occurred.

At any given daylight time in the United States, roughly 660,000 drivers are using a mobile device or some other type of electronic while driving. Despite the many laws in place, this number has remained steady for the past seven years.

As a driver, even someone who is paying attention to the road, you need to keep these statistics in mind at all times. Remember, it's not always a mistake that you make that causes an accident. Instead, it can be something that another driver does.

If you're involved in a motor vehicle accident with a distracted driver, you first need to receive medical treatment. Along with this, make sure police on the scene create a report that details the finer details of the accident. From there, you can focus on your legal rights with the idea of receiving compensation for injuries and other damage.

Source: Distraction.gov, "Facts and Statistics," accessed Jan. 04, 2017

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