Distracted driving accidents kill thousands of people every year and injure tens of thousands more. According to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics, the number of deaths and injuries from distracted driving continue to climb annually. In 2012, 421,000 people were injured in car accidents involving a distracted driver, a 9 percent increase from 2011. Distracted driving is a problem nationwide, including Tennessee.
From 2004 to 2014, Tennessee had 153,724 car accidents caused by distracted drivers.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving includes texting and driving, fiddling with the radio, grooming, eating or using a mobile device such as a tablet or MP3 player. Smart phones have become a major cause of texting and driving accidents, and more than 660,000 drivers are using their phones behind the wheel. Telecommunications giant AT&T has responded to the increase in distracted driving accidents by launching campaigns talking about the dangers of texting while driving.
What many drivers may not realize is that when they take their eyes off the road while traveling at 55 miles per hour, it only takes five seconds to cover the length of a football field. Many drivers will not have time to respond to debris in the road, sudden traffic changes or other obstacles common on Tennessee highways.
What Are the Consequences in Tennessee for Texting and Driving?
It is illegal to text and drive in Tennessee. Penalties can lead to fines and increased insurance premiums for people caught texting and driving. In addition to state penalties, distracted drivers who hit other motorists can be sued for damages.
Can I File a Civil Suit Against Distracted Drivers?
Distracted drivers can leave other motorists with catastrophic injuries costing millions and requiring a lifetime of care. You can reach out to our Nashville car accident attorney for a free consultation and questions regarding your case.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” – Romans 8:18
You can learn more about the statistics behind distracted drivers and car accidents in Tennessee by visiting the state website. The NHTSA has also launched Distraction.gov to inform the public on the dangers of distracted driving.