According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2005 to 2011, the annual death rate in the US due to car accidents averages to at least 35,000. With this number, the NHTSA has also released information on the following:
- Major causes of death: the NHTSA has identified four contributory factors. Based on rank, these are drunk-driving, speeding, distracted driving and bad weather;
- Victims who die: the highest number of deaths (which is more than half of the total number yearly deaths), is on the driver’s group, followed by the passengers, other motorists and pedestrians;
- Days when fatal accidents are the greatest: the day with the highest number of fatalities is Saturday; both Sunday and Friday are second on the list. Thursday is third, while on fourth, from Monday to Wednesday
Surprisingly, the victims in about 22% of the total number of deaths are persons aged between 15 and 24 years old. In fact, from January-June 2011, a short period of six months, 211 teens, aged 16 to 17, were already involved and killed in car wrecks.
Though distracted driving ranks only third in the major causes of fatal accidents, it still claims a huge number of lives. The sad thing is, accidents, much more, deaths, could have been easily prevented had drivers only been more considerate on the road. Some of the more common forms of distractions while driving include:
- Eating and/or drinking
- Sending or receiving text messages
- Talking on handheld cell phones
- Setting or changing a GPS system
- Reading a map
- Combing or styling the hair
- Putting on makeup
- Surfing the internet
Many drivers, especially younger ones, choose not to consider traffic situations when they are behind the wheel. They allow themselves to be distracted by concerns which they admit they would not allow the driver in the car they would be riding (if they were passengers) to be distracted with.
Accidents due to distracted driving are simple acts of negligence or carelessness and if these lead to the wrongful death of other motorists and/or pedestrians, the driver can be charged with a civil or criminal offense. Personal injury lawyers, legal experts who know what the law states regarding accidents can help you bring the liable party to justice and earn the compensation that you rightfully deserve. Seeking legal help from them ought to be one of your decisions in case of an accident.Read More