Are adaptive technologies reducing the number of car accidents in California? How are safety features protecting pedestrians? Keep reading to get information on recent statistics and how they affect your safety on the road. If you have been injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident, or pedestrian accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
There Has Been a Decrease in Fatal Distracted Driving Accidents
Though insurance companies are claiming that one of the reasons that many have been raising their rates is because distracted driving is on the rise, the statistics actually point to the opposite reality. In the most recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2017 3,166 people died in car accidents in which the driver took their eyes off the road to cause the accident. The statistics show that there were a total of 2,935 distracted driving accidents in the same year.
It may seem that these numbers are off: How could there be more fatalities than accidents? Because in these accidents, more than one person often died. This shows you just how serious distracted driving accidents are and why serious steps may need to be taken to protect everyone on the road.
While these stats may seem terrifying, consider that it is actually a reduction from the 2015 distracted driving accidents in which 3,447 people died. This makes up about an 8% reduction and is significant enough to count as a win.
Pedestrian Accidents Are Also Often Caused by Distracted Driving Accidents
Another reason that there were more fatalities than accidents is that many of these distracted driving accidents involved pedestrians. In almost every situation, pedestrians have the right of way. However, drivers may be distracted when turning, stopping, etc. It only takes one second to glance at a phone and miss that there is a pedestrian walking in front of you.
Statistics for Motorcycle Accidents
As is true of other distracted driving statistics, the most recent information we have on motorcycle accidents comes from 2017 and was published August, 2019 – that is how long it takes to get the full stats. According to those numbers, 89,000 people were injured in a motorcycle accident and more than 5,100 were killed in a single year.
Do You Need Legal Advice from an Experienced Attorney?
If you are in need of a legal opinion on how you can move forward after an accident, we strongly recommend contacting The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000. We are here to listen to your case, determine what your options are, and help you move forward. Call us now and we can get started right away.