The numbers continue to grow. Those who admit to causing a highway deaths while using cell phones has grown to 13% of all highway deaths. That’s are just the cases where the person is caught or takes responsibility. Based on all of the excuses we hear in depositions, the number has to be higher. The numbers are scary:
In 2011, the most recent year in which data is available, 3,331 people were killed in automobile accidents involving a distracted driver, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association — more than the 3,267 such deaths reported the year before. About half of 2011’s fatal crashes from a distracted driver didn’t specify the source of distraction, but when distractions were identified, cell phones were often a leading cause, contributing to 350 fatalities, or 12 percent of all fatal crashes from driver distraction. And most experts say these statistics are vastly underreported, meaning that thousands more lives a year are almost certainly being claimed by an epidemic whose causes are already well understood.
There are educational efforts all over to deal with the issue. I have no idea how people watch some of the stories out there and don’t seem to get it. But, they still keep drunk driving so maybe it is just going to take more laws or more time with stories like this from Werner Herzog
The message needs to be heard over and over until it sinks in.
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.