As drivers, we all know that distracted driving is a serious problem. While we all know we should not give in to the many distractions out there while driving, the reality is that most of us do. Given that reality, our Pasco County Auto Accident Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton would like to spread the word that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. If we all just take a few minutes to alter our driving habits, maybe we can eliminate some of these distractions and make the roads a much safer place.
The Statistics Are Troubling
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, the following statistics outline the problem of distracted driving in the United States:
- 3,477 people died in car accidents in the United States in 2015 because of distracted driving.
- That equates to more than 9 people every day or one person every 2.5 hours.
- Distracted driving crashes injured 391,000 people in the United States in 2015 alone.
- That equates to one person suffering injuries every one minute and 20 seconds, every day.
- During daytime hours, approximately 542,000 people are driving and using handheld cellphones.
Distracted Driving Bad Habits
According to the American Automobile Association, or AAA, Americans spend an average of 17,600 minutes behind the wheel of a vehicle every year, which is more than 293 hours or more than 45 minutes every single day of the year. It is easy to develop bad habits when driving, such as using your cellphone, reaching for something inside the car, looking at something going on outside your window, reading something like text messages, GPS or emails, and applying makeup. The best thing you can do is identify what distractions you give in to and adjust from there. Doing so could save your life.