If you encounter a distracted driver on the road, you could become seriously hurt if they collide with you. Whether you are driving, riding in a car, riding a bike or walking, distracted drivers are especially likely to collide with vehicles and people because they are not focusing on the road.
Sadly, too many distracted drivers continue to cause serious collisions each year. Reviewing data on these crashes is important because drivers should understand how widespread distracted driving is and the potential impact of an accident.
Distracted driving accident injuries and deaths
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that over 324,600 people suffered injuries in distracted driving accidents during 2020, representing 14% of all injury accidents reported to law enforcement. Furthermore, distracted driving collisions accounted for over 3,100 fatalities in 2020.
Risks associated with distracted driving
The NHTSA states that drivers between 15 and 20 became involved in more fatal distracted driving accidents in comparison to drivers of other age groups in 2020. From using electronic devices to interacting with other passengers in the car, young drivers can lose focus on the road for many reasons. It is important to keep in mind that distractions can cause drivers of any age to lose focus, such as using a GPS, looking at something on the side of the road, eating or adjusting the radio.
If you are struggling with the aftermath of an accident caused by another driver who became distracted, look over your options and hold them accountable.