Drivers who are not paying attention to the road are responsible for a significant number of fatalities each year on roadways across Kentucky and the rest of the nation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says distracted drivers were involved in 9% of all highway deaths in 2017.
NHTSA says most distracted-driving accidents involve cell phone use and texting but adds the behavior can include many other activities, such as eating, adjusting the GPS, radio or climate controls, personal grooming or talking to passengers.
Younger drivers are more likely to be distracted
NHTSA found that more than one-third of all distracted driving crashes involve drivers under 30 years old. The most recent statistics from 2017 show:
- 3,166 people were killed in 2,935 motor vehicle crashes related to distracted driving
- 6% of all drivers involved in 34,247 fatal crashes were distracted
- 27% of all distracted driving crashes involved drivers ages 20 to 29
- 9% of distracted driving crashes involved drivers ages 15 to 19
- 599 vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists were killed in distracted-driving crashes
Distracted drivers injure thousands or people each year
Besides those who are killed by distracted drivers, thousands more suffer long-lasting or permanent physical and financial consequences. Victims are often faced with high medical bills, lost wages and other related expenses. If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for those costs as well as for the emotional trauma you face. An experienced and aggressive personal injury attorney here in Kentucky will help you get the results you deserve.