According to a new study (link below) released by NHSTA, auto accidents have costs the US $871 billion in economic and societal losses. Factors such as drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving play a huge part in the injuries and deaths caused by car and truck crashes.
Third on that list was distracted driving. Based on cases we’ve seen in Oregon, this kind of problem seems to be on the rise with the proliferation of smartphones. And, its not something limited to teenagers texting. Unfortunately, adults are setting some pretty poor examples.
From the study: “No amount of money can replace the life of a loved one, or stem the suffering associated with motor vehicle crashes,” said U.S. Secretary Anthony Foxx. “While the economic and societal costs of crashes are staggering, today’s report clearly demonstrates that investments in safety are worth every penny used to reduce the frequency and severity of these tragic events.”