There are three categories of distractions that drivers might face. These include visual, cognitive and manual. When a driver texts while they are driving, they are experiencing all three of these. This makes texting particularly dangerous. In fact, a driver who is on their cellphone is 5.36 times more likely to have a crash than a person who isn’t distracted at all.
When you are on the phone, you are just as impaired as a person who has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08%, which is the legal limit for impairment. When you look at the risk of a wreck or near wreck, a person on a cellphone has a risk that is increased by 23 times over someone who isn’t on a phone.
While the vast majority of drivers, more than 84%, know that being distracted by a cellphone is unacceptable, around 36% of them note that they have either sent or read an email or text within a month prior to the survey. It is estimated that the number of distracted driving crashes that occurs is much higher than what’s actually reported.
At least 58% of crashes involving teens are associated with distractions. These teens are more likely, by two to four times, to drive while they are distracted if they see their parents driving while they are distracted. Unfortunately, these are the drivers who are more likely to die in distracted driving crashes. A drive who is under 20 is three times more likely to have a fatal crash than drivers who are older.
Anyone who is injured in a distracted driving crash might opt to pursue a claim for compensation. You also have this option if your loved one died due to a distracted driver.