Articles Tagged with distracted driving

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distraced-driving-leading-crash-cause-300x2202.5 million people end up in the emergency room for car accident injuries each year. There are millions of accidents on roads each year in the United States. While most of these accidents result in minor car damage and minimal injury, there is still a large number of people who end up in the emergency room with serious injuries resulting from a car accident.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency rooms in the United States see more than 2.5 million car accident victims each year. Of those 2.5 million, approximately 200,000 result in extended stays. Lifetime medical expenses from United States car crashes total $18 million for victims recovering. The CDC marks traffic accidents as the leading cause of injury in the United States.

Distracted Driving Among Top Causes of Wrecks

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car-accident-statistics-1Although automobile manufactures are always coming out with new and improved safety features, car accidents remain a leading cause of death and injury in Dallas and in the United States.

According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic-Safety Administration), the amount of traffic accidents has slowly decreased in Texas, but on average there are still about 3,300 fatalities a year in the Lone Star State alone. Surprisingly, at least 10% of those accidents involve drivers who are 16-20 years of age.

The main causes of most automobile accidents are drunk or distracted drivers. Despite all the public service announcements and growing awareness of the dangers of using cellular phones while driving, recent surveys show that most drivers are willing to risk others’ lives and their own to answer a call or text while behind the wheel. Texting increases the risk of having a car crash by a whopping 23 percent! For more information about distracted driving visit www.Distraction.gov.

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car-wreck-dangers-dallas-300x200A car accident is a traumatizing experience that can lead to serious injuries and well as long-term emotional troubles. Here are six things that might shock you about car accidents.

1. Thirty-One Percent of Fatal Accidents Involve Alcohol

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012, 31 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in the U.S. involved an alcohol-impaired driver. There were 10,322 fatalities in the U.S. that involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.

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car_crash-300x199With its large population, Texas unsurprisingly sits at the top of the list in total number of traffic accident fatalities. It saw 3,398 traffic fatalities in 2012, topping the list. Here are some of the top causes of accidents in Texas.

It was in the top ten in fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Below are some statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation that highlight the most common causes of accidents in Texas.

Failing to Control Speed

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dangers-of-distracted-driving-300x200All of us have different distractions that we face while driving, the most common of them being our cell phones. No matter what the distraction is, distracted driving is dangerous, not only to us but to other drivers and passengers onthe road.

State Trooper Kills Two In Tragic Accident

Kimberly Schlau of O’Fallon, Illinois witnessed the tragedy distracted driving can cause, when her two teenage daughters were killed instantly by a distracted state trooper. The trooper is believed to have been speeding to another crash and on his phone and on-board computer simultaneously when he struck the girls’ car. To honor her daughters’ memory, Schlau set up a foundation to provide educational opportunities to others in Southern Illinois. However, she is reminded each day what a dangerous and deadly act distracted driving is.

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Closeup of a smart phone with a female hand texting and driving.On November 18, the Bedford City Council passed a new ordinance banning the use of electronic devices while driving. The City of Bedford joins only a handful of Texas cities that have instituted a ban on electronic device use in vehicles. Arlington and Grand Prairie passed similar ordinances.

Electronic device use includes using cell phones in any capacity – texting, phone calls, internet browsing. The only electronic devices that may be used at any time in a moving vehicle are GPS navigation devices (dashboard mount or on-board systems). Cell phone calls may be placed using hands-free devices or in emergency situations.

Bedford is preparing an awareness campaign to alert citizens of the new ordinance and emphasize on the dangers of distracted driving.

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