Distracted driving is a huge problem in Chicago, Illinois, and across the country, in general. In particular, texting is a serious issue that causes countless car accidents every single day. Of course, many of those crashes could have been prevented. The sheer number of accidents caused by texting and driving is sad.
Who is Most Likely to Text and Drive?
Generally speaking, drivers who are most likely to get into an accident due to texting fall between 16 and 20 years old. These are the people who are the least experienced behind the wheel as well. Young people also commonly have a feeling of invincibility, which can lead to poor choices like texting while driving.
How Many Accidents are Caused by Texting and Driving?
On average, around 17 percent of all car accidents stem from texting while driving. Many people end up suffering injuries as a result of such accidents. Around one out of five injuries that occur in crashes are due to a driver distracted while texting behind the wheel.
In addition, 9 percent of car crashes that are fatal occur due to distraction while drivers are texting someone or reading a text message. Out of the total accidents, 16 percent lead to significant property damage as well.
What About Other Distractions?
While texting and driving is a very common problem on the roads, it’s important to know that there are many different forms of distracted driving. Even things as seemingly simple as eating or drinking and changing the station on your car radio system can be distracting enough to directly lead to a crash. However, although many car accidents can be prevented, not all distractions are completely avoidable. It’s best to be smart about your ride and make sure the distractions are kept to a minimum.
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