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How Dangerous is Distracted Driving in the United States?

An article posted on Bloomberg.com sheds light on the ongoing epidemic of distracted driving in this country. Many states have laws prohibiting drivers from talking on hand-held phones when behind the wheel, while others have distracted driving laws. Even so, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 3,000 individuals lose their lives each year from distracted driving accidents.

In Pennsylvania, it is not illegal to use a hand-held phone while driving. However, it is against the law to text and drive. The post indicated that even though there was unquestionable evidence about the dangers of distracting driving, U.S. motorists still talk and text while driving.

Distraction Data

For this study, smartphone driving platform, TrueMotion Inc., was used to gather data. This company offers two driving apps, which are often used by parents of teens. TrueMotion analyzed information from approximately 30,000 drivers, and found the following statistics for every 100 drivers:

  • Thirty drivers were distracted less than five percent of the time
  • Twenty drivers were distracted five to 10 percent of the time
  • Fifteen drivers were distracted 10 to 15 percent of the time
  • Ten drivers were distracted 15 to 20 percent of the time

Last summer, TrueMotion also tracked drivers in New York City and Los Angeles. In New York, it was found that drivers texted, swiped through apps, and called 22 percent of the time while driving, with higher concentration when the vehicles were on major highways. Los Angeles had slightly higher numbers.

Age-Related Factors

The NHTSA’s research also compared the ages of drivers involved in fatal crashes, which showed an overrepresentation of drivers under the age of 30.

  • In all fatal crashes, six percent of drivers were aged 15 to 19; 23 percent were in their 20s.
  • For all distracted-driving fatal crashes, nine percent of drivers were aged 15 to 19; 27 percent were in their 20s
  • Sixteen percent of distracted drivers who were using cell phones were aged 15 to 19; 37 percent were in their 20s.

The company stated that the past year did not show much of an increase in distracted driving than in the past. This could be due to new laws and public pressure to pass more regulations. For example, Georgia passed a hands-free law in 2018, and distracted driving rates went down by 20 percent. The marketing director for TrueMotion commented that these laws work but are not in enough states to have an overall effect. Stopdistractions.org reported that around 90 percent of U.S. voters favor stronger laws to combat smartphone use while driving.

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Distracted drivers are a constant danger on our roads and highways. If you were injured in a distracted driving accident, contact the Philadelphia car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC today. Complete our online form or call us at 215-569-8488 for a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, Abington, and Media, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware; and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we serve clients from the surrounding areas.