Understanding the Impact of Distracted Driving
The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported that a total of 299 people lost their lives in 2020 due to distracted drivers. Since 2015, distracted driving fatalities have increased by 36.53% in 2020. Here are the statistics every driver needs to know.
Distracted Driving Injuries and Fatalities
In 2020, there were 48,488 distracted driving crashes. Of these, there were:
- 2,747 serious injuries
- 299 distracted driving fatalities
This number has increased every year. In 2019 there were 267 deaths, and in 2018 there were 235 deaths.
Checking a text message while driving at 55 mph is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.
90% of teens admit to using their smartphone while driving in some capacity.
There are three types of driver distraction:
- Visual - Taking your eyes off the road
- Manual - Taking your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive - Thinking about things other than driving
Texting is the most deadly distracted driving behavior because it takes all three types of distractions.
Injured by a Distracted Driver? Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. Can Help.
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