According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distracted driving claims roughly 9 lives in the U.S. every single day. Sadly, distracted driving is far too prevalent even though a significant amount of resources are devoted to tackling this problem. The CDC also notes that over 1,000 people sustain injuries in crashes caused by a distracted driver every day. Whether a driver takes their hands off the wheel, loses their mental focus or takes their eyes off the road, this behavior significantly increases the chances of a collision.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also provides unsettling information on distracted driving crashes. According to the NHTSA, more than 3,100 lives were lost during 2017 due to distracted driving. Many of these wrecks occurred as a result of cell phone use on the road, but there are a lot of other reasons why drivers become distracted. For example, eating, using a navigation system and speaking with others while driving causes many drivers to crash.
Even when those involved in a distracted driving wreck do not pass away, many other challenges often lie ahead. Physical pain, rehabilitation, medical costs and an inability to keep working are just a few of the hardships that many victims of these accidents face. It is imperative for drivers to avoid any behaviors or activities that interfere with their ability to focus on the road and it is also crucial for the victims of distracted driving collisions to take a firm stand for their legal rights. Some are able to recover financially by moving forward with a lawsuit.