The number of car accidents driving their way up the statistics. Cars are made to be safer than ever, but it seems that texting and driving has led to an abnormally large amount of accidents in the past decade.
This trend of accidents has put a normally-safe and cautious American driving record in peril when compared to other nations. Americans may be driving in the land of the free and the brave but not in the safe the secure. Nations like Canada and the UK now rank better in the total number of road deaths per 100,000 drivers. America currently sits at a whopping 11.4 while the UK has 3.7 and the Great White North has 6.8. Even in developing nations like the Philippines with its renowned lack of road safety sits lower at 9.1 deaths per 100,000.
Study Shows America is Getting Worse
Americans may be driving in “the land of the free and the brave” but not in “the safe or the secure”. Nations like Canada and the UK now underrank the US in the total number of road deaths per 100,000 drivers. America currently sits at a whopping 11.4 while the UK has 3.7 and the Great White North has 6.8.
Even in developing nations like the Philippines with its renowned lack of road safety sits lower at 9.1 deaths per 100,000.
Researchers are scrambling to isolate the cause of the upwards trend. In a recent study; where 3500 drivers were constantly observed, some appalling trends and harrowing statistics became clear.
Texting and Driving Statistics
Here are the facts:
When drivers were observed talking on the phone 3.24% of the time, it doubled the risk of accidents.
The drivers were observed sending texts less than 2% of the time, which might seem good, but that small percentage gave them an increased risk of sixfold. Most startling was the stat that drivers dialed a phone number less than
Most startling was among drivers dialing on the keypad while driving…risk jumped up 12 times!
While more accidents means more business for us, we sincerely share your shock and dismay by these high risks!
Distracted Driving Collisions
Americans have an incredible statistic of 11 million crashes each year, ranging from the serious to the silly. The cost of these crashes reaches up into the range of billions of dollars lost each year due to crashes.
On the highway, it takes less than a tenth of a second for a collision to occur. Given that the normal human reaction is over twice that speed, texting and driving is a dangerous game to play. Reading texts have drivers averting their eyes for 2-3 seconds at time, and they can easily miss the warning signs of a slowing car in front of them. Rear-end collisions are the most common on the roads and also the most avoidable with alert driving.
Running off the road is also a possibility while looking at a phone. It could be as simple as a telephone pole, or it could be another parked car. It just takes a momentary lapse of awareness to veer off the road.
The most damaging collisions occur when a distracted driver runs through a red light and collides with a car in an intersection. Both cars suffer major damage from this type of accident, and the personal injuries can also be serious.
If you have been the victim of one of a texting and driving car accident, contact New Look Collision to get a free estimate on the major and minor repair damage. Auto body services range from paint repair to dent removal.
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