With the occurrences of distracted driving on the rise, the government is trying to raise awareness about it. They have put together this website to compile facts about distracted driving.
Here are 10 facts about distracted driving:
- 71% of teens and young drivers admit to texting while driving
- 78% of young drivers admit that they’ve read texts while driving
- Distraction can be from things you touch, things you look at, or things you think about
- In 2012, 421,000 people were hurt in a distracted driver accident
- 10% of fatal accidents with drivers under the age of 20 occurred because a driver was distracted
- 27% of all fatal distracted driver accidents had a driver under the age of 20
- The average time a distracted driver looks away from the road is 5 seconds. At 55mph, your car will travel the length of a football field without you looking.
- Studies show that hands-free phones are just as distracting as hand-held phones
- 25% of teens admit to texting at least once every time they drive
- 20% of teens and 10% of adult drivers admit to having multiple message text conversations while operating their vehicles
While some of these statistics are shocking, the message is very simple: distracted driving is dangerous. In order to combat the dangers of distracted driving, the state of Alabama has two laws in effect:
- It is illegal for novice drivers to talk on the phone while driving, hands-free or otherwise
- It is illegal for all drivers to text while driving
If you’ve been involved in a crash because of a distracted driver, our Mobile car accident attorneys at Long & Long can help! Contact our team for a free case review or call us today at (251) 432-2277. We proudly serve clients in Mobile and all of Alabama.