Posted On: October 14, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Almost 6,000 Deaths Caused by Driver Distraction

The Obama administration reported on September 30 that nearly 6,000 people were killed and a half-million injured last year in vehicle crashes connected to driver distraction, an indication of the dangers of using mobile devices behind the wheel.

According to an article, the Transportation Department was bringing together experts over two days for what was called a “distracted driving summit” to take a look at the highway hazards caused by drivers talking on cell phones or texting from behind the wheel. Secretary Ray LaHood said the administration would be developing ways of curbing distracted driving.

Transportation officials said in a research report that 5,870 people were killed and 515,000 were injured last year in crashes where at least one form of driver distraction was reported. Driver distraction was involved in 16 percent of all fatal crashes in 2008.

The panel of government officials, safety advocates, researchers and lawmakers hoped to develop a consensus on the roadway hazards and hear warnings from young adults who caused car accidents because they were texting while driving.

The new data underscored the major problem of distractions involving young drivers. The greatest proportion of distracted drivers were those age 20 and under. Sixteen percent of all under-20 drivers involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving, the government said.

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have passed laws making texting while driving illegal and seven states and the district have banned driving while talking on a handheld cell phone, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Many safety groups have urged a nationwide ban on texting and on using handheld mobile devices while behind the wheel.

Every day throughout the country families are devastated when innocent loved ones are injured or even die as the result of traffic accidents. If you or a loved one has suffered severe physical injuries in an automobile accident in Pennsylvania, please call Cherry, Fieger and Marciano, LLP for a free case evaluation.

The aggressive Philadelphia auto accident attorneys at Cherry, Fieger and Marciano, LLP, represent clients who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents throughout the state of Pennsylvania. They have the experience and knowledge that are necessary to represent clients involved in even the most complex car accident cases. When preparing your case, their skilled team of attorneys will review all relevant facts to assist in determining which party was at fault and who should assume responsibilities. Some factors that may be of importance during this process may include road conditions, weather conditions, the condition of the vehicles involved (i.e., faulty or defective auto parts), and whether or not alcohol or drugs were involved.

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