The CDC Has Released New Data About Distracted Driving and Fatal Car AccidentsNovember 17, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the most recent information about distracted driving accidents in the United States. Separately, a CDC-compiled cache of 2018 data has been distilled to represent the cost of deadly crashes, accounting for $1.79 billion in Pennsylvania. Nationwide, approximately 38,000 deaths each year result from car accidents, costing an estimated $55 billion. Distracted driving is classified as any activity that takes a driver’s attention off the road, including using a cellphone, adjusting the radio, and paying attention to rowdy passengers.
In 2018, 2,841 individuals were killed in distracted driving accidents in the United States. The government aims to use this data to draw attention about these avoidable accidents, as well as to emphasize how effective strategies are worth the costs to state and local governments. The release of the crash data is intended to give states information to make decisions on where spending will make the most impact on crash prevention initiatives.
What Did the Data Reveal?
The findings extracted from the collected data show that teenagers and young adults in Pennsylvania are particularly susceptible to distracted driving accidents. More than half of the traffic deaths in Pennsylvania were people between the ages of 15 and 34 years old. All motorists should avoid distractions and keep their focus on driving.
How is Distracted Driving Being Prevented?
States and municipalities have instituted bans on texting while driving, penalties for using cellphones, and have passed laws that limit passengers in the vehicles of younger drivers. Many law enforcement departments have used high-visibility enforcement techniques to impose these laws.
Studies suggest that the increased use of high-visibility enforcement is a good way to dissuade drivers from using cellphones while driving. States and municipalities that wish to reduce distracted driving accidents are encouraged to make officers more visible and to use media coverage about the dangers of distracted driving and the penalties.
Another tactic suggested to reduce distracted driving is the implementation of passenger limits. Many states have graduated driver licensing laws that gradually introduce driving privileges, such as Cinderella license restrictions.
What Should I Do After a Distracted Driving Car Accident?
If a motorist is injured in an accident that was caused by a distracted driver, they should be able to recover damages, including compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To maximize damages, a car accident victim should consult with a lawyer after the collision. A knowledgeable lawyer will be able to evaluate the case and determine how much compensation is owed to the victim. A victim should speak to a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. The statute of limitations for a personal injury claim in Pennsylvania is two years from the date of the incident.
Media Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Represent Clients Harmed By Distracted Drivers
Distracted driving is preventable; however, some drivers still act recklessly. If you were hurt in a distracted driving accident, one of our Media car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello can help you. Contact us online or call us at 610-892-4940 for a free consultation today. Located in Media, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout Media, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster, Montgomery County, Norristown, Philadelphia, Reading, and West Chester.