Distracted driving is “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. From cell phone usage, texting, eating and driver drowsiness there are more than enough distractions to prevent drivers from being focused on the road. National data consistently shows that driver distraction / inattention is the leading cause in most crashes.
Distracting activities may occupy a driver's eyes, hands, concentration or any combination of the three.
According to an Industry study of real-world driver behavior, distraction, and crash factors about 80-percent of crashes were caused by some form of distraction-- such as cell phone use or being tired—occurring within three seconds of the incident. The study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found drivers who frequently engage in the most distracting activities are more likely to be involved in an inattention-related crash or near-crash.
How many accidents are caused by distracted driving? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving.
More than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.
Texting while driving now leading cause of US teen deaths according to another report which indicates:
More than 3,000 teens die each year in crashes caused by texting while driving
More than 50 percent of teens admit to texting while driving
Along with using cellphones and other mobile devices to text, chat, talk or surf the Internet from behind the wheel, Georgia law defines distracted driving as any activity that distracts a driver from the safe operation of a vehicle including:
• Eating or drinking
• Adjusting the stereo
• Talking to passengers
• Reading a map or using a navigation system
• Watching a video
Distracting activities may occupy a driver's eyes, hands, concentration or any combination of the three. Texting while driving is a particularly dangerous form of distracted driving because it involves all three forms of distraction at the same time.
Texting while driving is a particularly dangerous form of distracted driving - it occupies you in 3 ways.
When a Georgia driver violates a traffic law while engaged in a distracting behavior, he or she can be charged with distracted driving in addition to the underlying traffic violation.
Distracted driving was a factor in nearly 10 percent of all fatal traffic accidents in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The number was nearly double for nonfatal accidents involving injuries, with 18 percent attributed in whole or in part to distracted driving. In terms of actual numbers, this translates to 3,092 deaths and 416,000 injuries caused by distracted driving accidents in a single year. Of those, cellphone use was a factor in 13 percent and 6 percent, respectively.
According to the NHTSA, over 3,331 people were killed and over 387,000 injured in motor vehicle accidents connected to distracted driving. That represents 10 percent of all fatal crashes and 17 percent of all accidents that caused injuries
In addition to the risk of distracted driving charges, people who cause distracted driving accidents in Georgia can face civil liability for any injuries they may cause. People injured by distracted drivers in Georgia may be able to receive financial compensation for their injuries, medical expenses and other losses they experience as a result of the accident. For more information about seeking compensation after a distracted driving accident in Georgia, contact a personal injury lawyer with a background in seeking compensation for people injured in traffic accidents.