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Distracted driving statistics

Distracted driving continues to be a threat to other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians that might be on or near a roadway. As technology continues to expand, the chances of distracted driving increase.  Driving a motor vehicle in Rhode Island requires three different brain functions. Drivers need simultaneous visual, manual and cognitive processes. If any single one of those is transferred to the performance of another task, the odds of a crash increase significantly. If all of those processes are distracted, a catastrophic event can unfold. Common behavior involving distracted driving consists of:

  • Texting or cell phone use
  • Using a navigational device
  • Reading
  • Eating or drinking
  • Personal grooming

Cell Phones

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than eight people are killed every day on American roads from distracted driving. Another 1,161 are injured. As per the statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 3,179 people killed in 2014, and another 431,000 were injured.  Teens About 10 percent of all drivers involved in fatal distracted driving crashes were between the ages of 15 and 19-years-old. That age group segment has the highest percentage of drivers who were believed to be distracted when they crashed. Cell phone use Talking on cell phones accounted for 38 percent of all distracted driving accidents. During daylight hours, at least 2.2 percent of all drivers were visibly using cell phone devices. It’s highly likely that this percentage is on the low end of those actually using them while operating a motor vehicle.

Liability for Rhode Island distracted driving accident

It’s estimated that during daylight and sunset, about 660,000 Americans are using cell phone devices in one way or another while driving. This estimate is probably low too. When a driver causes a distracted driving accident, and somebody is injured, the distracted driver can be held liable for damages. Those damages can include but not be limited to:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Past and future lost earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Any permanent disfigurement
  • Any permanent disability

Irresponsible motorists

Distracted driving in RI is irresponsible driving. It can’t be tolerated. Not only does it endanger the distracted driver, but it endangers everybody around that driver too. If you or somebody close to you has been injured in a motor vehicle collision involving a distracted driver, contact a knowledgeable and experienced Rhode Island personal injury attorney right away. Victims have the right to fair and just compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of somebody else.

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