December 22, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Distracted driving responsible for rise in number of pedestrian deaths
A study released in November 2013 revealed that the number of fatalities among pedestrians and bicyclists has risen in recent years as a result of distracted driving, even though traffic accident fatalities overall have fallen. Both drivers and pedestrians should be aware of the alarming increase in distracted driving accident fatalities.
Study about distracted driving and pedestrian fatalities
Researchers working on the study examined data in the U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System to find the number of bicyclist and pedestrian deaths
due to distracted driving from 2005 to 2010. Researchers followed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's definition of distracted driving as when a driver used a hand-held electronic device or engaged in other careless or inattentive activity to determine which accidents were attributable to distracted driving.
The study showed that pedestrian fatalities attributable to distracted driving increased by 50 percent and bicyclist fatalities
by 30 percent during the time period they studied. Pedestrian fatalities rose from 344 in 2005 to 500 in 2010. Fatalities among bicyclists increased from 56 in 2005 up to 73 in 2010. FARS data showed that more than half of the fatal accidents occurred during daylight hours, and that pedestrians and bicyclists were most often hit when they were outside marked crosswalks. White male drivers aged 25 to 64 years old accounted for most of the distracted driving deaths among pedestrians and bicyclists.
Researchers suspect that the number of distracted driving deaths may actually be underreported by the police when they investigate auto accidents because it is often difficult for police to prove that a driver was distracted at the time of the accidents.
Distracted driving pervasive in society
Researchers working on the study assert that the reason that distracted driving fatalities among bicyclists and pedestrians is on the rise is because distracted driving is so prevalent in society. Many people have smartphones, and it is not uncommon to see people using those smartphones to talk, send text messages or check email while driving. Additionally, distracted driving does not have the same social stigma as other dangerous driving behaviors like driving while intoxicated or not wearing a safety belt, according to public safety officials, so people are not as motivated by social pressure to modify their driving habits.
Speak with a lawyer
Distracted driving is a serious public safety threat. Distracted drivers are responsible for a growing number of auto accidents, even harming those who are not driving. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by a distracted driver, talk to an attorney who can help you receive just and proper compensation for your injuries.
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