How does distracted driving compare to other accident causes?

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Distracted driving is largely considered an epidemic. This type of dangerous driving causes a large number of accidents, injuries and fatalities every year. But how much of an issue is it compared to car accidents as a whole?

Here are a few statistics about distracted driving you should be aware of.

Distracted driving statistics

Most people know distracted driving causes a lot of problems. However, do you know how much of an issue it is really? According to the National Highway Transit Safety Association:

  • Over 37 thousand fatalities caused by distracted driving occurred in 2016
  • This was a 5.6 percent increase from the previous year
  • Approximately 391,000 people were injured in distracted driving-related accidents in 2015

Based on this data, distracted driving accounts for approximately 9 percent of all fatal car accidents and 16 percent of all car accident-related injuries. These numbers may seem small, but they are still a decent contribution to the overall cause of all motor vehicle accidents.

What is being done about it?

There are both federal and state laws being enacted constantly in an effort to combat distracted driving. Many states have banned texting while driving or all hand-held phone use.

However, the biggest contribution may be up to the individual. Making the choice to stop all forms of distracted driving is the best way to prevent it. This is not just limited to texting while driving, it can include eating and drinking, talking to other passengers and even daydreaming.

Driving may seem like a mundane task, but being vigilant on the road is an extremely important safety precaution.

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