Deadly distracted driving demographics

Distracted driving causes thousands of accidents each year, and some Maryland collisions result in a loss of life. Learning about why such crashes occur could help people become more careful on the road. In particular, men might need to be more alert when driving since government statistics reveal they are far more likely to be involved in a fatal crash.

Male drivers and fatal distracted crashes

Zuboti is a driver’s education company focusing on helping new drivers pass their exams. The company conducted a detailed study of NHTSA figures and noted that men are 300% more likely to become involved in a fatal distracted driving accident than women. Per NHTSA data, 2020 had more than 3,000 fatal distracted driving collisions. The total number of people injured in distracted driving crashes was 324,652.

Yes, cellphone use played a role in many crashes, but not as much as some would think. Only 13% of fatal distracted driving crashes involved cellphone use. Many people realize using a phone while driving is a dangerous idea. Still, they may not think much about reading a display screen or carrying on an unnecessary conversation with a passenger.

Other causes of distracted driving

Distracted driving refers to anything that takes attention from the road and increases the risk of car accidents. Distractions may be visual, cognitive or manual, and some distracting behaviors could entail all three.

Eating while driving, fumbling with objects, allowing a pet to roam free, and rubbernecking are all examples of actions that may cause distractions. Drivers who don’t think there’s anything risky with these behaviors may never realize how dangerous they are on the road.

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