North Carolina residents might benefit from learning more about some of the facts associated with distracted driving as described by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In an effort to minimize the risks associated with distracted driving, many states now prohibit texting on a mobile device while operating a motor vehicle. During 2011, researchers with the CDC discovered that motorists in the U.S. text and email at a significantly higher rate than those living in Europe.
Almost 70 percent of the U.S. respondents admitted to talking on their phone while driving within 30 days leading up to the survey. In Europe, the proportion of those talking while driving 30 days preceding the study ranged from 21 to 59 percent. More than 30 percent of the U.S. respondents admitted to emailing or texting while driving within 30 days leading up to the survey. In Europe, the proportion of those texting and driving was reported to be as low as 15 percent.
During 2012, more than 3,300 people died in accidents that were attributable to distracted driving. That same year, more than 420,000 people suffered injuries in these types of accidents. Drivers under 20 years old accounted for the highest proportion of fatal crashes attributable to distracted driving, while about 50 percent of the high school students ages 16 or older admitted to texting while driving. According to the CDC, more than 15 percent of the accidents that occurred during 2011 were associated with distracted driving.
People who suffer injuries in a car accident caused by distracted driving might benefit from obtaining legal counsel. Lawyers may be able to review the facts of the case and help determine whether or not another party may be held legally liable for the resulting injuries. Plaintiffs in these cases are often entitled to recover restitution that helps account for medical expenses, loss of income or repair costs.