Distracted Driving From Smartphones
Below are some sobering statistics from the the End Distracted Driving website. (these are 2015 statistics).
- 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6% from 2015 (data not yet available for 2017) (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration- NHTSA)
- 10% of fatal crashes and 15% of injury crashes in 2015 were distraction-affected. NHTSA . (The NSC estimates that cell phone related crashes alone accounted for 27% of 2015 car crashes – let alone other distractions)
- In 2015, there were 3,477 people killed and an estimated additional 391,000 injured in crashes involving distracted drivers NHTSA
- The fatal crash rate for teens is 3 times greater than for drivers age 20 and over (IIHS), with driver distraction responsible for more than 58% of teen crashes AAA Foundation
As shown above in the last point, distracted driving is a huge killer for teens.
Three types of Distractions
Traffic safety experts put driver distraction into three separate categories:
1. Manual Distraction– This is where a driver’s hands are physically taken off the steering wheel.
2. Visual Distraction– This is where your eyes are focused elsewhere and not on the road.
3. Cognitive Distraction– This occurs when your mind wanders away from your focus of driving.
Texting while driving involves all three of these types of distraction and can increase the risk of a crash or near-crash by 23 times.
Studies have shown that talking on a cell phone while driving causes impairment similar to having a blood alcohol limit of 0.08%—the legal limit for intoxication in many states.
As technology continues to grow and change, there are more options and temptations from cell phones to take our attention off the road. Using common sense and simply turning your phone off or putting it in the console or someplace else where you can’t see is the easiest and simplest way to avoid distracted driving collisions.
We here at Orlando Auto Body support any initiative that helps to cut down and eventually eliminate distracted driving accident. And as always, if you’re in a collision of any kind, call us here at (480) 844-4858 and we’ll take care of you. From working with your insurance company to restoring your vehicle to it’s pre-accident condition, we pride ourselves on your complete satisfaction.