NHTSA Study Finds Distracted-Driving Accident Rates Are Decreasing

NHTSA Study Finds Distracted-Driving Accident Rates Are Decreasing

The number of accidents caused by distracted driving, including the number of injury-causing distracted-driving accidents, has been decreasing in the U.S. in recent years, according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The decrease in distracted-driving accidents mirrors an overall decrease in car accident deaths, which reached their lowest rate in 2011 since the NHTSA began keeping track of fatal accidents in 1949.

Distracted driving accidents can have devastating results for not only the motorists but their families as well. Distracted driving includes not only accidents involving cell phone use or texting, but also accidents involving eating, grooming, reading maps, or any other activity or event that pulls the driver’s attention from the road.

In 2011, distracted driving injuries on U.S. roads totaled about 387,000. This number represents a decrease of about seven percent from the number of injuries in 2010, which totaled about 416,000.

The number of deaths caused by distracted driving in 2011 rose slightly, according to the NHTSA, from 3,267 recorded distracted-driving deaths in 2010 to 3,331 deaths in 2011. However, the agency believes this increase may be due to more accurate reporting of situations in which distraction led to a car accident death, rather than due to an actual increase in the number of distracted driving-related deaths.

While deaths overall decreased and distracted-driving injuries decreased, deaths and injuries in several other categories increased slightly, including harm caused in motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and bicycle accidents. Careful, distraction-free driving is key to preventing these types of accidents and keeping everyone who shares the road safe.

The car collision lawyers in San Mateo of Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP can help you if you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted or otherwise negligent driver. Call (800) 900-0863 for a complimentary consultation and to see how we can assist you.