How many car accidents are caused by distracted driving?

Most Annapolis area residents understand how dangerous distracted driving can be. Thousands of people are affected by a distracted driver each year. They are put into these unexpected serious situations because of others who make the mistake of driving while distracted. Distracted driving is a problem that needs to be taken seriously.

What do statistics say?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 3,100 people died because of a distracted driving-related crash in 2019. This is an increase of over 10% from the previous year. In 2019, distracted driving accounted for nearly 10% of all fatal crashes but it can be difficult to determine if the crash was caused by distracted driving so the percentage may actually be larger.

Types of distracted driving

There are three main types of distracted driving:

  • Cognitive. This where the driver has taken their mind off of driving.
  • Visual. This is where the driver takes their eyes off the road.
  • Manual. This is where the driver takes their hand off the wheel.

Legal options for victims

If a person is affected by a distracted driver, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in personal injury. An attorney can investigate the cause of the accident and help figure out what happened and who was at fault. They understand that their client is going through an extremely difficult time and they will do whatever it takes to get justice for them. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.


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