Whether you walk, ride a bicycle or ride in a vehicle, distracted drivers pose a serious threat to your safety on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration outlines some of the reasons why drivers become distracted, such as using an electronic device behind the wheel, adjusting the stereo, eating and communicating with other people in the car.
Sadly, when a driver becomes distracted, even for a very short period of time, the likelihood of an accident increases and even seemingly minor distractions have the potential to result in the loss of life.
How many people die in distracted driving crashes?
The NHTSA states that over the course of 2018, more than 2,800 people lost their lives in distracted driving accidents. Those who died in distracted driving accidents during 2018 include 1,730 people who were operating a vehicle and 600 who were riding in a vehicle. Moreover, 77 bicyclists and 400 pedestrians lost their lives in these accidents.
How many people sustain injuries due to distracted drivers?
Even when the victims of distracted driving crashes survive, many sustain serious injuries that alter the course of their lives. In 2018, about 400,000 people sustained injuries in distracted driving collisions, according to the NHTSA. If you suffered injuries in a distracted driving wreck, you could have difficulty working or taking care of other important tasks. Many victims also struggle with physical pain, mental trauma and financial hurdles. As a result, drivers who cause accidents as a result of losing focus on the road must answer for the consequences of their actions.