Mississippi residents like you understand that distracted driving is dangerous. But did you know that distracted driving is actually getting close to being equivalent to, or even surpassing, the dangers of even drunk driving?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has important statistics about distracted driving that might change your view on these driving behaviors. First, some basic statistics show that in 2015 alone, 3,477 driver deaths were contributed to distracted driving. 391,000 people were injured. When compared with the total number of motor vehicle injuries for the year (2,443, 000), it becomes easy to see how large of a problem distracted driving actually is.
Dangers are upped even further because people under the age of 20 are most likely to suffer from fatalities due to distracted driving. Not only that, but in 2015, 42% of surveyed high school students admitted that they sent an email or text while driving within the last 30 days since the interview.
Studies have shown that over the years, distracted driving cases have only increased rather than decreasing. In 2010, the total number of distracted driving fatalities was 3,092. After a brief dip in 2013 and 2014, these numbers shot up higher than ever. Many awareness campaigns have been launched in the hopes of bringing more attention to the potential deadliness of distracted driving.
If you've been in an accident caused by distracted driving behavior, you already know just how dangerous and possibly deadly these actions can be. Though this is not meant to be taken as legal advice, you may benefit from speaking to a legal professional about your possible options.