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Distracted Driving Remains a Nationwide Risk

Posted on in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Knox County distracted driving accident lawyerThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released a report on distracted driving and the risk that it poses. The latest data from 2020 shows that while the overall number of fatal crashes and total fatalities from crashes rose, the number of crashes resulting from distracted drivers, including those crashes where a cell phone was in use, dropped, but only slightly. Distracted driving can lead to car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents resulting in injuries to the vehicle occupants, occupants of other vehicles, and pedestrians, as well as property damage.

Study Results Show Impact of Distracted Driving

In the NHTSA report, distracted driving includes activities such as using a cell phone, adjusting the radio or climate controls, being distracted by another passenger, being distracted by a moving object within the car, being distracted by something happening outside the vehicle, and other activities that divert the driver’s attention away from safely operating the vehicle. Cell phone use while driving is specifically called out as a risky activity and tracked individually, as well as being included under the larger distracted driving umbrella. Distracted driving was a factor in 8 percent of fatal crashes, 14 percent of crashes that caused injuries, and 13 percent of crashes overall. A total of 3,142 people were killed, and 324,652 were injured in distracted driving crashes. Of that total, 587 of the fatalities were nonoccupants of a vehicle, including pedestrians and bicyclists.

Cell phone use was a factor in 12% of crashes affected by distracted drivers. Younger drivers are the group most likely to be involved in a cell phone-related crash. For drivers under 20, 17% of all fatal crashes involved a driver distracted by a cell phone.

Distracted driving can lead to all types of motor vehicle crashes. Running stop signs, traffic lights, and other traffic control devices poses a risk to other drivers, plus bicyclists and pedestrians. Severe crashes can lead to personal injuries and even fatalities in the most serious cases. Car accident victims can seek compensation for accidents caused by another driver’s negligence, including distracted driving.

Trust a Knox County Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer

If you have been involved in a traffic accident as a result of distracted driving or any other cause, contact an experienced Knoxville car accident lawyer. At The Law Office of William F. Evans, we will review the accident report, help build your case, and fight aggressively for the compensation you deserve, either through a settlement or in court. Contact us at 423-449-7980 to set up your free initial consultation. 



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