Distracted driving is a safety concern for employers whose workers drive on the job because you donâ€™t want your employees injured or killed in car accidents caused by distracted drivers. In addition, employers can be held liable for distracted driving accidents caused by their employees.
Check out these seven deadly driving statistics.
At any given daylight moment across America, approximatelyÂ 660,000 driversÂ are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010 (NOPUS), and every day in the U.S., more thanÂ eight peopleÂ are killed in crashes reported to involve a distracted driver.
Distracted Driving is now the number one risk on Canadian roads contributing toÂ 8 in 10Â collisions. (https://rates.ca/distracted-driving-infographic)
When you text while driving, the time that you spend with your eyes off the road increases by about 400%. So, itâ€™s no surprise that texting and driving isÂ six timesÂ more likely to get you in an accident than drunk driving. Thatâ€™s right, it is safer for someone to get wasted and get behind the wheel than to text and do it. (Distracted Driver Accidents.com)
Reading a text message while driving distracts a driver for a minimum ofÂ five secondsÂ each time. Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded. This means that the chances of an accident occurring while reading a text is extremely high. (2009, VTTI)
It takes an average of justÂ three secondsÂ after a driverâ€™s mind is taken off the road for any road accident to occur. This is the bare minimum amount of time it takes, and it is surprisingly small. Three seconds is the time it takes to turn your ignition when starting your car. (Distracted Driver Accidents.com)
The chances of a crash because of any reason is increased byÂ 23 timeswhen you are texting. Even if the crash is another driverâ€™s fault, you will probably have been able to avoid it if you had been looking at the road instead of the phone. (Distracted Driver Accidents.com)
Driver distraction is a factor in aboutÂ 4 millionÂ motor vehicle crashes in North America each year