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Statistics show the cost of distracted driving on US roads

Ohio drivers may be interested in some data on the instances of distracted driving in the U.S. Published statistics show that these drivers may be responsible for thousands of deaths each year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are three major types of distracted driving. These are visual, manual and cognitive distractions. To put these into the context of texting and driving, a visual distraction would include taking one's eyes off the road to read a text message. Manual distractions, using the text message example, would be taking hands off the wheel in order to type a new text message. Lastly, a cognitive distraction would be taking one's mind off the task of driving in order to think about how to reply to that text message.

Data gathered by the CDC shows that thousands of deaths on the road could be attributed to a distracted driver, and 3,328 people killed in 2012 alone because of such behavior. One study examined the prevalence of talking on a cellphone and texting while driving, comparing U.S. data with several European countries. The study found that the U.S. ranked higher or the same as other countries in both of these categories. For example, 69 percent of drivers aged 18 to 64 in the U.S. admitted to having a cellphone conversation while driving. However, 21 percent of drivers in the U.K. admitted to the same behavior.

When texting and driving or some other type of distracted driving causes an automobile accident, that negligent driver may be liable for any injuries suffered. An attorney may be able to determine which driver was at fault and may bring a legal action in civil court against them. This could result in compensation for vehicle damage, pain and suffering, and other damages sustained in the crash.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Distracted Driving", December 13, 2014

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