How does negligent driving pose an ever-present danger to motorists and pedestrians across the country? In 2016, just under 40,000 people were killed in automobile accidents. A further 4.6 million were seriously injured. Roughly 33% of these fatalities and injuries can be traced back to negligent driving behaviors. Examples of negligent driving include distracted driving, drowsy driving, and drunk driving.
Distracted driving is the leading cause of fatal accidents for young drivers. Data collected by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that 60% of moderate to severe crashes involving teenager stem from distracted driving behaviors including texting which causes 1 out of every 4 accidents in America and claims the lives of 11 teens every day. In fact, texting and talking while driving affects all age demographics and it is estimated that at any given time in the day, 660,000 people are texting and talking while driving. Other common distracted driving behaviors include talking on cell phones, adjusting radio/temperature controls, or chatting with passengers. Statistics from the National Safety Council show that cell phone usage while driving leads to 1.6 million accidents per year.
Drowsy driving is a growing problem and is a factor in roughly 21% of fatal automobile accidents. This is a significant increase from the 16.5% recorded in 2010. Drowsy driving causes roughly 328,000 accidents per year. Of these, 109,000 cause injuries and 6,400 cause fatalities. Nationwide, up to 37% of drivers self-report having fallen asleep at the wheel at some point, and 11% of these report having done so in the previous year. Commercial truck drivers are particularly susceptible to drowsy driving. Studies by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration showed that many truck drivers average less than five hours of sleep per night. According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep deprivation of this nature increases the risk of having a drowsy driving accident by 1.9 times. Others that are at significant risk of having a drowsy driving accident include shift workers, those with sleep disorders including insomnia, and individuals who are taking prescription medicines that impair their ability to operate a motor vehicle.
Drunk driving remains a dangerous and deadly problem in America. In 2015, the CDC recorded 10,265 drunk driving fatalities in the United States. Each day, 28 people are killed, and every two minutes someone is injured in drunk driving accidents. These accidents cost roughly $132 billion per year in the form of medical treatment, lost wages, funeral expenses, property damage, etc. While law enforcement throughout the country is making a concerted effort to stem the rising tide of fatalities, it's estimated that less than 1% of all drunk drivers are apprehended. Moreover, the FBI estimates that a drunk driver will drive drunk more than 80 times before they face their first arrest. Data collected by MADD shows that even after a conviction for drunk driving, 50-75% of motorists continue to drive on a suspended license.
Negligent drivers shouldn't be let off the hook for actions that cause personal injuries, pain and suffering, property damage, and loss of quality of life for others. Motorists who have had a run-in with a negligent driver in Dodge City, Goodland, Hays, Kansas City, or anywhere in Western Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, or Illinois should contact the Law Office of Brad Pistotnik to pursue their claims stemming from negligent driving.
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