Seattle Auto Accident Lawyer | Distracted Driving
- In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in crashes involving driver distraction (16% of total fatalities)
- The portion of drivers reportedly distracted at the time of the fatal crashes increased from 7 percent in 2005 to 11 percent in 2009.
- The under-20 age group had the highest proportion of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes (16%). The age group with the next greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the 20- to-29-year-old age group – 13 percent of all 20-to-29-year-old drivers in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted.
- Of those drivers reportedly distracted during a fatal crash, the 30-to-39-year-old drivers were the group with the greatest proportion distracted by cell phones. Cell phone distraction was reported for 24 percent of the 30-to-39-year-old distracted drivers in fatal crashes.
- An estimated 20 percent of 1,517,000 injury crashes were reported to have involved distracted driving in 2009.
From the statistics above you can see that while distracted driving is a major safety concern across all age groups, the problem is most common with the under-20 age drivers. Be proactive.
Talk to Your Teens – A brochure from Distraction.gov on talking to your teens about distracted driving.
Read the whole brochure. Take action. As a preview, the six steps in the brochure are:
- Set a good example.
- Talk to your teen.
- Establish ground rules.
- Sign a pledge.
- Educate yourself.
- Spread the word.
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