Accidents and Cell Phones in Las Vegas

In 2014, the New York Times published an article about texting and driving. In that article, a very detailed description was given about a real life incident involving someone who was texting while driving. The article can be read here: Car Accident

All too often we come across drivers who are using cell phones while traveling. These drivers are obviously distracted and those distractions can potentially lead to accidents resulting in significant injuries. According to www.teensafe.com, these are the top 10 statistics for driving distracted with a cell phone in 2017:

1. Distracted driving accounts for approximately 25% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities.
2. At the time of fatal crashes, teens have been the largest age group that reported being distracted while driving.
3. Driver distraction is reported to be responsible for more than 58% of teen crashes.
4. In 2015, 391,000 injuries were caused in distracted driving related accidents.
5. In that same year, distracted driving was cited as a major factor in 3,477 traffic deaths.
6. Nine people in the U.S. are killed each day as a result of crashes involving a distracted driver, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
7. Distracted driving has been called an American epidemic and is completely preventable.
8. Since there is no way to test for distracted driving after an accident occurs, it’s widely believed that the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities caused by distracted driving are vastly
under reported.
9. It takes only 3 seconds after a driver’s attention has been diverted from the road for a crash to occur.
10. Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in the U.S.

Distracted driving is 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.

Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.

In 2016 alone, 3,450 people were killed. 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015.

During daylight hours, approximately 481,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving. That creates enormous potential for deaths and injuries on U.S. roads. As stated above, teens were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident due to someone not paying attention using a cell phone, please call the Las Vegas Injury Attorneys at Steve Dixon Law. Call (702) 329-4911 for your free consultation. We don’t get paid until we win your case.

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