Texting and Driving Accidents

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Research on distracted driving by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (“NHTSA”) reveals that 20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. Of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashes, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes). In 2009, 5,474 people were killed on U.S. roadways and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving. The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group – 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving.

Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) Using a cell phone while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver's reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (Source: University of Utah)

There are three main types of driving distractions:

  • Visual — taking your eyes off the road;
  • Manual — taking your hands off the wheel; and
  • Cognitive — taking your mind off what you’re doing.

Distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract him or her from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing.

While all distractions can endanger drivers’ safety, texting and driving is the most dangerous because it involves all three types of distractions.

Other distracting activities include:

  • Using a cell phone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a PDA or navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Changing the radio station, CD, or Mp3 player.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of someone else’s distracted driving, we can help. Our aggressive Minneapolis Personal Injury Lawyers - Attorneys will fight to make sure you receive full compensation for your losses. We will go to trial if necessary to secure fair and just compensation for you. Let us take care of every detail so you can concentrate on the most important part – you and your family.


Please call our Minneapolis Personal Injury Lawyers - Attorneys now at 612.339.3852 for a free legal consultation.

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Rick L. Petry - Injury Attorney
Petry Law, PA.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
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