A baby was killed recently when a bus in West New York spun out of control and hit a lamppost, causing the post to strike the baby’s carriage, reports NJ.com. Police suspect the driver was using his cellphone when the accident occurred.
If the police are correct, the event will mark another tragedy in the rising number of distracted driving crashes.
Distracted Driving Kills
In 2011, distracted driving caused 3,331 deaths, up from 3,267 in 2010, according to Distraction.gov. In total, 10% of injury crashes in 2011 were related to distracted driving.
Other disturbing statistics on the website include:
- 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal car accidents were reported as distracted drivers.
- 21% of 15- to 19-year-olds involved in fatal crashes because of distracted driving were using cellphones.
- Across the U.S., an estimated 660,000 drivers are using cellphones or other electronic devices at any given daylight moment.
- Using cellphones or other portable devices increases crash risk three times.
- Drivers who send or receive a text take their eyes off the road for the equivalent time it takes to drive the length of a football field at 55 mph.
- 25% of teens have responded to texts at least once while driving.
- 20% of teens and 10% of parents have multi-message text conversations while they drive.
In addition, Distraction.gov lists the following as distracted driving activities:
- Eating and drinking
- Reading, including maps
- Using navigation systems
- Watching videos
- Adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3
- Talking to passengers
Vehicles are Weapons
In 2011, 32,310 people were killed in vehicle accidents, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The number is larger than many of America’s towns.
When people are injured or killed by others’ negligent driving, they and their families deserve to be fairly compensated. If you or a family member has been seriously injured in an accident, the experienced New York car accident lawyers at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., can offer advice about your case. Send us a quick message today.