Because of one driver's decision to drive while distracted, more than 3,000 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2014 alone, according to data provided by distraction.gov. Sadly, one of those deaths included a 5-year-old girl who is now at the center of an important wrongful death lawsuit.
When you watch or read the news, you know you will undoubtedly come across a tragic story from time to time. While most tragedies leave us feeling sympathy for victims and their families, some stories can highlight important lessons for us all.
Did you know that rollover crashes account for approximately 30 percent of passenger fatalities in the United States each year? In fact, according to the most recent data available to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this equates to around 32,000 deaths each year.
Most people know that motorcycles are more dangerous to ride than other motor vehicles simply because of their nature. As the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety so aptly explains, "riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so they're more likely to be injured or killed." But beyond this, few people think much more about the dangers of motorcycle riding or even about the statistics associated with motorcycle crashes.
We all know the dangers of texting and driving. Even a brief look away from the road to glance at our phones is the reason why, in 2014, more than 3,100 people were killed and roughly 431,000 were injured in distracted driving vehicle collisions in the United States, according to distraction.gov. Of those reported to have been involved in fatal crashes due to distracted driving, roughly 10 percent were between the ages of 15 and 19.