Monday, June 2, 2014

A Scary Number Of People Are Killed Each Year By Distracted Drivers

From:  International Business Times

In total, “the price tag for crashes comes at a heavy burden for Americans at $871 billion in economic loss and societal harm. This includes $277 billion in economic costs - nearly $900 for each person living in the United States based on calendar year 2010 data — and $594 billion in harm from the loss of life and the pain and decreased quality of life due to injuries,” the NHTSA said.

Perhaps not surprisingly, 11 percent of all drivers under age 20 responsible for fatalities were classified as distracted, and that category constituted the largest group of distracted drivers.

Almost 20 percent of those distracted drivers were using cell phones, the report said.