Statistics on Distracted Driving Reveals Cost of Nationwide Epidemic

September 27, 2013

Car Accidents, Distracted Driving

distracted driving statisticsAn estimated $13 billion has been expended in crashes caused by cell phone use.

In the National Safety Council’s presentation “Distracted Driving,” James A. Solomon highlights the multifaceted costs associated with distracted driving.

The presentation provides statistics on distracted driving that result in loss of life, which is the real tragedy in choosing to drive distracted. Mr. Solomon also addresses the economic costs of this poor driving choice.

Defensive driving and preventable collisions

Defensive driving is defined by the presentation as “driving to save lives, time and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others.”

A collision that is a result of a driver failing to operate a vehicle in a reasonable way to preclude an accident is a preventable collision.

Some reasonable steps to take when driving are:

  • Obeying traffic laws

  • Avoiding distractions

  • Being attentive

Removing anything that may take your attention or eyes off the road or take your hands off the wheel can help prevent distracted driving mistakes. The presentation reports that insufficient attention resulted in 78 percent of all crash events.

Counting the cost for employers

Mr. Solomon’s presentation states that the estimated expenditures by employers average $74,000 per crash injury and $16,500 per crash. Crashes involving automobiles are the number one cause of work related fatalities in 2006.

Mr. Solomon encourages employers to insist on safe driving practices by employees through leadership, strong policies, training, education and counseling.

Driving defensively

The ability to ensure every driver is a defensive driver is problematic. The smart course of action is to ensure you are a defensive driver and be alert for signs of distracted or impaired driving in others.

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